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International day of Families May 15

The ideal of “a family” is one of the most basic models of what a better world can be like. In a perfect family, the members are joined by bonds of love; they help each other meet all of their physical and emotional needs.

Of course no family is perfect, but a family that strives together to become a “family for a better world” can help each member to feel more fulfilled and better about themselves and the world. They also provide a real-life example of how the human family can work together to create a better world.

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly decided that 15 May of every year should be observed as the International Day of Families. The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

Activities include workshops and conferences, radio and television programmes, newspaper articles and cultural programmes highlighting relevant themes.

The theme of 2018 International day of family is “Families and inclusive societies”, this year’s observance will explore the role of families and family policies in advancing Sustainable Development Goal 16 in terms of promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.