Global Day of Parents observed on 1 June across the world
Parents of every race, religion, culture and nationality in all parts of the world are the primary caregivers and teachers of their children, preparing them for a happy, fulfilling and productive life.
1 June: Global Day of Parents
The Global Day of Parents was observed on 1 June 2017. The day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.
The Global Day of Parents was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 via its resolution A/RES/66/292 to honour parents throughout the world.
Idea behind the day
The Global Day of Parents recognises that the family has the primary responsibility of protecting and nurturing their children and thus it emphasises that the parents play a critical role in rearing their children. Parents are also responsible for the full and harmonious development of the personality of their children. They provide them with an environment of love, happiness and understanding.
Recognising this fact, the General Assembly has adopted a number of resolutions and proclaimed the International Year of the Family and the International Day of Families. In short, since the 1980s, the important role of the family has been pulling the attention of the international community.
Family or Parent’s role in 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
In addition, the family, which is made via parents, also shares an important role in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda that focuses on ending poverty, promoting shared economic prosperity, social development and people’s well-being while protecting the environment was adopted by the world leaders in 2015. Families remain at the centre of social life ensuring the well-being of their members, educating and socialising children and youth and caring for young and old.
In particular, family-oriented policies can contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 1 to 5 relating to doing away with poverty and hunger; ensuring healthy lives and promoting of well-being for all ages; ensuring educational opportunities throughout the lifespan and achieving gender equality.