International Family Day is celebrated on May 15 every year. This day highlights the importance of families as a basic unit of society. The day May 15 was picked by the United Nations General Assembly so as to reflect on the importance of families in the community.
This day also provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the issues related to the families and increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. To celebrate the role of families in development this day is marked.
Since 1994, this day has been around with different families focused themes every year. Last year the theme was Families and inclusive societies. The theme for International day of families 2019 is families and climate action: focus on SD13.
This year the observance of the day mainly focus on families, family policies and major sustainable development goal 13 targets:
SDG 13 target 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning
SDG 13 target 13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning
The main event of the International Day of Family will be held at the United Nation Headquarters in New York. On this day, people across the world will celebrate by having a get together with their families and reuniting with the family members and know each other.
The day is also celebrated by organizing presentations, programs, and events to showcase the importance of families.