On the Frontlines of Poverty
The International Day of Families is held annually on May 15. First held in 1994, the International Day of Families helps raise awareness about the many issues relating to and affecting families, including healthcare, education, violence, discrimination and gender inequality.
In his message for the 2016 International Day of Families, then United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted "families are on the frontlines of our global efforts to realize the bold and inclusive 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."
Sustainable Development and Families
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, commonly known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), was adopted by the United Nations in 2015. It defines the scope of the global community’s work to transform the world. The Sustainable Development Goals focus on:
- ending poverty
- promoting shared economic prosperity
- protecting the environment
- improving the human condition
Helping families is necessary in order to successfully accomplish the goals, and supporting families is particularly connected to the first five SDGs.
- End poverty in all its forms everywhere
- End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
- Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
- Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Family-oriented laws, policies and programs help children grow into adults and help adults become valued and productive contributors to society, both economically and socially.