International Day of Families

Date: May 15

Organized By: UN

Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Civil Services Exam, Bank Exams, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams



Every year May 15 is observed as International Day of Families. This UN Day is observed to spread the importance of families, promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

In 1993 United Nations General Assembly proclaimed to observe every year May 15 as International Day of Families.


2017: Families, education and well-being

2016: Families, healthy lives and sustainable future

2015: Men in charge? Gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families

2014: Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals; International Year of the Family + 20

2013: Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity

2012: Ensuring work family balance

2011: Confronting Family Poverty and Social Exclusion

2010: The impact of migration on families around the world

2009: Mothers and Families: Challenges in a Changing World

2008: Fathers and Families: Responsibilities and Challenges

2007: Families and Persons with Disabilities

2006: Changing Families: Challenges and Opportunities

2005: HIV/AIDS and Family Well-being

2004: The Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family: A Framework spacer for Action

2003: Preparations for the observance of the Tenth Anniversary of the International spacer Year spacer of the Family in 2004

2002: Families and Ageing: Opportunities and Challenges

2001: Families and Volunteers: Building Social Cohesion

2000: Families: Agents and Beneficiaries of Development

1999: Families for all ages

1998: Families: Educators and Providers of Human Rights

1997: Building Families Based on Partnership

1996: Families: First Victims of Poverty and Homelessness

Actions and Programs

Many programs and events are conducted across the world by different communities. NGOs, companies, religious organizations, local bodies, etc. are conducting different programs to mark this day. The programs include seminars, exhibitions, workshops, discussions, family get-together, etc.


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