On May 15, International Day of Families is all about family ties. At least when it comes to the United Nations (United Nations – UN or UNO), which declared this date to be the International Day of Families in 1993 . What this is all about and why this family day of action deserves a permanent place in the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world , this article explains.
Who started the International Day of Families?
As mentioned at the beginning, this United Nations Day of Action goes back to 1993, when the UN General Assembly declared May 15 to be International Family Day by resolution A / RES / 47/237. The aim of this day is to remind of the central importance of the family as a fundamental unit of society and to strengthen public awareness of the promotion and support of this role of the family.
In the course of my research, I was unable to find out why the United Nations specifically decided on today’s May 15th. In any case, I believe that a content-related reference to the day of the chocolate drops (National Chocolate Chip Day), the day of the nylon stockings (English National Nylon Stocking Day ) or the day of the straw hat (English National Straw Hat Day) is rather unlikely . 😉
Goals and intention: What is the UN Day of Action for the Protection of the Family about?
In addition, as a result of the major UN conferences of the 1990s, the United Nations also emphasized the political and social necessity that, with International Family Day, social aspects such as women’s and children’s rights, gender equality, the right to free choice of spouse and Above all, the protection of the family against state interference should also be addressed.
“As we strive to usher in a more sustainable future, achieve the Millennium Development Goals, shape a new development agenda and combat climate change, let us mobilize the world’s families.” (Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – see list of related links below )
This day of remembrance is coordinated within the framework of the United Nations by the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), which is also responsible for providing relevant information material. At the same time, the DSPD has been providing an annual global motto for International Family Day on behalf of the UN since 1996, which takes up current developments and thus sets the corresponding priorities.
All previous mottos of International Family Day
Since 1996 this international day of remembrance of the family has been under an annually changing, leitmotif, which the current Secretary General of the United Nations publishes. What is noticeable here is that there seems to be no independent German-language variant of this focus in terms of content so far. So far, the focus has been on the following topics:
- 1996: Families: First Victims of Poverty and Homelessness
- 1997: Building Families Based on Partnership
- 1998: Families: Educators and Providers of Human Rights
- 1999: Families for all ages
- 2000: Families: Agents and Beneficiaries of Development
- 2001: Families and Volunteers: Building Social Cohesion
- 2002: Families and Aging: Opportunities and Challenges
- 2003: Preparations for the observance of the Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2004
- 2004: The Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family: A Framework for Action
- 2005: HIV / AIDS and Family Well-being
- 2006: Changing Families: Challenges and Opportunities
- 2007: Families and Persons with Disabilities
- 2008: Fathers and Families: Responsibilities and Challenges
- 2009: Mothers and Families: Challenges in a Changing World
- 2010: The impact of migration on families around the world
- 2011: Confronting Family Poverty and Social Exclusion
- 2012: Ensuring work family balance
- 2013: Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity
- 2014: Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals; International Year of the Family + 20
- 2015: Men in charge? Gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families
- 2016: Families, healthy lives and sustainable future
- 2017: Families, education and well-being
- 2018: Families and inclusive societies
- 2019: Families and Climate Action: Focus on SDG13
- 2020: Families in Development: Copenhagen & Beijing + 25
And with some success. As a result of resolution A / RES / 47/237, the date was used in many member states of the UN to initiate their own days of action with which country-specific topics are addressed through appropriate activities such as events, media reporting and political initiatives.
With this in mind: Have a great International Family Day to all of you.