Family Day should promote importance of a well-balanced and healthy

13May 2021
The Guardian
Family Day should promote importance of a well-balanced and healthy
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The International Day of Families is observed on the 15 May every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families.

The first International Day of Families was celebrated in 1994. It provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. As parents, we want to give our children the best start in life we can.

The annual observance of the International Day of Families which took place on 15 May 2019 under the theme ““Families and Climate Action: Focus on SDG13”.   reflected the importance the international community attaches to families and their role in development. Recent commemorations of the Day focused on the role of families for the achievement of SDGs 1 – 5 and SDG 16.

The 2019 observance focuses on families, family policies and major SDG13 targets: SDG 13 target 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning; SDG 13 target 13.2: integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning

The panel discussion will highlight: Inter-generational approach to sustainability; sustainable development education and practice; sustainable family farming from indigenous perspective;‘greening the blue’ and other good practices at the United Nations and beyond

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. The event is open to the public and targets civil society, permanent missions, academics and practitioners.  Family is not an important thing. It’s everything. The family unit began with the first humans. While families today may look different than they did thousands of years ago, they are as equally important now as they were then. The United Nations believed families important enough to recognise them through a day of observance and, in 1994, chose May 15 as International Day of Families.

As parents, we want to give our children the best start in life we can. The foundation created in a family has been shown in numerous studies to dramatically impact a child’s success. The more stable the family environment for a child, the more likely they will be healthier – both mentally and physically.

Communities all over the world face obstacles that jeopardise the stability of the family. The UN began to recognise this in the 1980s as the Secretary General promoted awareness among decision-makers and the public. The UN went on to establish this day of observance and, each year, select a different family-focused theme to address world-wide challenges around education, poverty, health, and work/family balance, just to name a few.This year on World Family Day, learn about some of the social, economic, and demographic factors impacting families around the world and see how you can start by strengthening your own.

On International Day of Families, celebrate all the eccentric traditions that you and your family share. Every family is unique, and there are countless stories, memories, and adventures we all have shared with our families that are significant only to us. It is also very easy to take our family for granted, so take this day as an opportunity to share with your family how you feel about them and how grateful you are to your parents, siblings, and even extended family for providing you with the necessities of life.    Pick a restaurant your family loves or, better yet, one that you all went to while you were growing up, and have a nice evening chattering with your family and catching up on each other’s lives.

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