International Day of Families was established by the United Nations in 1993 to create awareness about the issues faced by the families throughout the year. It is observed on every 15th of May. This day was proclaimed under the United Nations General Assembly with resolution A/RES/47/237 to highlight the importance of international communities that are attached to the families.
The United Nations also serves the International Day of Families in a manner to remember that due to social, economic, and demographic factors the family structure has undergone many changes. This annual event provides an opportunity to emphasize the important role that families play in communities and also raises issues that affect the family.
In 1994, the first International Day of Family was celebrated on the 15th of May. The structure of the family is the most important aspect of social harmony and a peaceful society. Since 1996, for this Day the United Nations has been providing an annual theme for the celebration of International Day of Families.
International Day of Families 2021 Theme is- “Families and new technologies”.
Following the theme of the Commission for Social Development’s 59th session, “Socially just transition to sustainable development: the role of emerging technology on social development and well-being of all,” the International Day of Families in 2021 will focus on the effects of new technologies on family well-being.
The long-term COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the value of emerging technology in the workplace, education, and connectivity. The pandemic has accelerates technology improvements, including expanding usage of digital technologies and associated technical developments such as cloud computing and the use of Big Data and algorithms, that have now begun in society and at work.
Our world continues to respond to the COVID-19 crises so that our economies and communities will be able to rethink in a way in which they work to achieve for the greater quality.
In the 1980s, the United Nations started to concentrate on family issues. In 1983 the Commission for social development, following on since the recommendations of the Economic and Sociological Council under the resolution proposed the role of the family in the development process (1983/23). The Secretary-General called upon to raise awareness of the problems and needs of the family among decision-makers and the general public as well as appropriate ways of responding to them.
The General Assembly proclaimed the International Year of the Family in its Resolution 44/82 on 9 December 1989. In 1993, in a Resolution (A/RES/47/237) the General Assembly agreed that on every 15th of May the International Day of Families will be observed.
On 25 September 2015, the 193 United Nations Member States officially adopted the Sustainable Development Goals with a set of 17 targets that aimed at eradicating poverty, inequality, abuse, and preventable deaths, combating environmental degradation, and inaugurating a period of prosperity for everyone, everywhere. For achieving all of these objectives, families and family-oriented policies and services are important.