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 2017 is “Families, education and wellbeing“. This year’s observance of the International Day of Families focuses on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. In particular, the Day is to raise awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth.

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.


TOGETHER is a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.

TOGETHER brings together the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 member countries of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants.

The campaign was initiated during the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on September 19th 2016.

More information is available at the United Nations website.