International Day of Families

The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 47/237 of 20 September 1993, proclaimed that 15 May of every year shall be observed as the International Day of Families.

The United Nations states that “this annual observance reflects the importance which the international community attaches to families as basic units of society as well as its concern regarding their situation around the world. The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families as well as to promote appropriate action.  The Day can become a powerful mobilizing factor on behalf of families in all countries, which avail themselves of this opportunity and demonstrate support of family issues appropriate to each society.”

The UN theme for the International Day of Families in 2016 was “Families, healthy lives and sustainable future“. The 2016 observance of the International Day of Families aimed to raise awareness of the role of families and family policies in promoting healthy lives for sustainable future.

Find out more about the International Day of Families.

2014: the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family

The 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2014 offered a great opportunity to focus on the role of families around the world, take stock of recent trends in family life, share good practices in family policymaking and practical support, and to consider how to help overcome the many challenges still faced by families around the globe.