International Day of Families 2022
The International Day of Families is observed every year on 15 May to reflect the importance that the international community attaches to families. The significance of families is highlighted on this day. The United Nations works on topics that are critical to the well-being of families worldwide, such as health, education, children’s rights, gender equality, work-family balance, and social inclusion, among others.
The theme of the International Day of Families 2022:
The theme for this year ‘Families and Urbanization’ aims to raise awareness about the necessity of family-friendly urban policy. One of the most important emerging trends impacting our planet and the lives and well-being of families throughout the world is urbanization.
Sustainable Urbanization is related to achieving several Sustainable Development Goals and targets such as poverty eradication, good health, and well-being. Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, and reducing inequality within and among countries.
History of the International Day of Families:
During the 1980s, the United Nations attached more importance to family-related concerns. The UN raised awareness amongst decision-makers and the public about family issues and needs, as well as effective ways to fulfil those needs.
On December 9, 1989, the United Nations General Assembly declared the International Year of Families in a resolution. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly declared May 15 to be the International Day of Families. The fundamental purpose of reaffirming these goals is to demonstrate the United Nations’ willingness to inspire people to work for improved living conditions and social progress for families all around the world.