It is rightly said that family is the first lesson in relationships with others. It make us feel secure, it gives us a feeling of having someone in life with whom you can share your problems etc. And also it means to have respect for each other and responsibility.
International Day of Families not only promotes the importance of a healthy and well balanced family but also enhance knowledge of the economic, demographic and social processes that affects the families. This day is also celebrated by the Universal Peace Federation because they consider family as the miniature of a global community.
International Day of Families 2019: Theme
The theme of 2019 International Day of Families is "Families and Climate Action: focus on SDG13". It focuses on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals number 13 which is also known as SDG13. It deals with the climate change and how families can help in combating it through awareness and education. Let us tell you that recent commemoration of the Day focussed on the role of families for the achievement of SDGs 1 – 5 and SDG 16.
The major event will take place at UN Headquarters, New York organised by the Division for inclusive Social development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs along with the Global Communication Civil Society.
The theme of 2018 International Day of Families was “Families and inclusive societies”.
The theme of 2017 International Day of Families was “Families, education and well-being”.
The theme of 2016 International Day of Families was “Families, healthy lives and sustainable future”.
The theme of 2015 International Day of Families was “Men in charge? Gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families”.
SDG 13 targets
Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the annual observances of the International Day of Families focused on the role of families and family policies for the achievement of SDGs 1-5 and SDG16. This year's observance focuses on SDG13 that is Climate Change.
This event main goal is to focus SDG 13 target 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising, human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaption, impact reduction and early warning.
The target of SDG 13.2 is to integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.
Some topics are covered in the panel discussion. They are as follows:
- Families role in improving education, awareness-raising and human capacity on climate change.
- To find out some innovative ways to integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.
- On sustainability intergenerational perspective.
- Perspective of youth on climate change.
- Sustainable development education & practice.
- Sustainable family farming from indigenous perspective.
- The United Nations and sustainable action including ‘greening the blue’ initiatives.
- At local and community levels good practices should be there.
Let us tell you that the observance is organised by the Division for Inclusive Social Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Global Communications Civil Society.
International Day of Families: History
The United Nation General Assembly passes a resolution A/RES/47/237 on 20th September, 1993 and reasserted the 44/82 resolution which was passed on December 1989 and also 46/92 resolution passed in December 1991. The main aim of reasserting these goals is to showcase the determination of the United Nations to encourage people for better life standards and social progress of families worldwide.
The International Day of Families was declared officially in 1994 by the United Nations to modify economic and social structures that affect the stability and structure of family units in various parts of the world. Since 1995, it has been celebrated every year. The symbol of International Day of families comprises of a solid green circle with a red image in between and schematic drawing elements of a house and a heart. This symbol signifies that family are a center part of any society and they offer a supporting and stable home for all the age groups of the people.
How International Day of Families is celebrated?
Several events are organised at local, national and international levels like workshops, seminars, policy meetings for public officials, exhibitions etc. In workshops and seminars discussions on the annual theme for encouraging people, some educational campaigns are also launched for the public to strengthen and support family units. Even tool kits are also generated in some countries to help people in organising celebrations and focus on a particular section of the population like school children, young adults, college going etc.
What is the reason behind celebrating International Day of Families?
The main purpose of celebrating International Day of Families is to make people understand about the importance of family and its value. Also, it is necessary to highlight the issues that affect families worldwide. This day also shows that global community reflex the significance of the families as primary units of the society and raise their concern according to the situation worldwide.
Some issues related to the circumstances of the families are also highlighted. No doubt this day also inspired several countries in the world, over the years to generate their own family days or awareness events that are based on community to bring attention to family issues.