International Day of Families
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International Day of Families

Families make up the basic unit of society. The definition of a family may have changed over the last few decades. However, there is no doubt that all families are vital for achieving global goals in development. As such, International Day of Families is a fantastic day of celebration and awareness raising for making the world a better place. This year, the central theme for the International Day of Families is Families and Climate Action: Focus on SDG 13.

Why is International Day of Families important?

The United Nations began to include families in the development process in 1985. In 1989, the organization declared the International Year of the Family. As families continued to gain importance in attaining global goals, the UN also set up International Family Day in 1993.

Most recently, in 2015, the UN developed a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Families are vital in achieving these, as are family-oriented policies. Besides, the role of families in society has continued to evolve. As individuals, families, and communities take on more active roles in global development.

So, the International Day of Families is an opportunity to celebrate the family unit. It’s a chance to recognize the diversity of today’s families. And also a great day to highlight the importance and raise awareness on family participation in global development.

Sustainable Development Goal #13

The objective of SDG #13 is to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.” The year 2017 registered as one of three warmest years ever – 1.1 degrees Celsius over the pre-industrial period. Sea levels around the world continue to rise. Extreme weather and mega-disasters are hitting populations around the world.

So, the world needs to take urgent action to respond to these issues. As part of the targets, 13.2 and 13.3 are very relevant to family participation in climate action. Target 13.2 refers to national policies, strategies and planning to integrate climate change measures. Meanwhile, target 13.3 looks to improve education, awareness and the human capacity to respond to climate change.

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2019 Theme: “Families and Climate Action: Focus on SDG 13

This year, the central theme of the International Day of Families is Families and Climate Action: Focus on SDG 13. The goal is to ensure that families become a key actor in addressing and responding to climate change.

There are four main areas that the day will focus on in terms of awareness raising and advocacy. Firstly, families can support an inter-generational approach to sustainability. They can also be the bridge between education in sustainable development and putting these actions into practice.

From an indigenous perspective, families are the key to promoting sustainable farming and living practices. And finally, International Day of Families will promote good practices such as Greening the Blue and others.

Be part of the change!

Do you and your family want to be part of the climate change action? Are you keen to participate and raise awareness on the importance of family in achieving global goals?

You can take part in the events occurring on the International Day of Families. The main event will take place in New York, hosted by ECOSOC. Also, you can find information on events near you through local organizations and agencies.

If you want to know more about the history of the day, then the essential documents and observances section on the UN site is an excellent source. It gives you information on the background, resolutions and past themes of the International Day of Families.

Plus, you can spread the word by sharing critical messages on social media. This particular social media and promotional kit will help you do so!

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