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International Day of Families

In 1993, the General Assembly of the United Nations decided that 15 May of every year should be observed as the International Day of Families. In 1989, by resolution 44/82, the Assembly had proclaimed 1994 the International Year of the Family, to increase awareness of family issues and improve the capability of nations to tackle family-related problems with comprehensive policies.

This day is an occasion to promote awareness and better understanding of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting this important unit of society.

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.