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International Day of Families

Each year, May 15th is observed worldwide as the International Day of Families. In 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed this date to be an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families.

The United Nations Programme on the Family stresses the importance of having healthy and happy familial relationships. Families are a vital foundation of any society—and the education field recognizes the importance of families as children's first teachers. For 2014, the theme is "Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals; International Year of the Family + 20."

The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) supports the worldwide observance of the International Day of Families by preparing background information on the family for use by governments, the United Nations, and other organizations. The UN Secretary-General will prepare a message for distribution. Visit their website for more information as this day of recognition approaches.