News01 2018 UN DSPD DESA

Family issues at United Nations: Message from the Focal Point on the Family, DSPD/DESA

The UN Focal Point on the Family DSPD/DESA published two reports on family issues entitled “Implementation of the Objectives of the International Year of the Family and its follow-up processes” published in July & November 2017. The reports focus on the contribution of family policies to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and on good practices in several areas of family policymaking, and also highlight civil society initiatives undertaken last year.

This report focuses on the implementation of the objectives of the International Year of the Family and its follow-up processes and the contribution of family policies to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the areas of the reduction of poverty and social exclusion, work-family balance and gender equality, and the promotion of social integration and intergenerational solidarity.

The report mentions COFACE’s conference on “Sustainable Development Goals and gender equality: the role of family policies and exchange of good practices”, organized in cooperation with the Division for Social Policy and Development. The conference, held on 19 and 20 April 2016 in Amsterdam, put a spotlight on family policies that contribute to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. It also highlighted unpaid care, shared responsibilities within the household and the role of civil society in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. More about this conference

This report focuses on recent initiatives towards the implementation of the objectives of the International Year of the Family and its follow-up processes by Member States, United Nations entities and civil society. The report aims to contribute to the systematic exchange of good practices in family policy-making. The report mentions COFACE’s initiatives contributing to the implementation of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year, namely our vision for the reconciliation of economy and society and the assertion that families need resources, services and time. The report mentions our advocacy for better legislation in line with the proposed work-life balance directive of the European Union. Lastly, it mentions the survey of family carers across 16 countries on the occasion of the International Day of Families, 15 May, as well as our multi-stakeholder conference entitled “Families on the move” which highlighted, inter alia, the plight of migrant families.

This draft resolution encourages Member States to invest in a variety of family policies and programmes to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

More information on the activities of the Focal Point on the Family, DSPD/DESA

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