“Families And Urbanization” – The Subject For This Year’s International Day of Families
On May 15, the world celebrates the “International Day of Families.”
The United Nations began to pay more attention to family concerns in the 1980s. As a result of proposals from the Economic and Social Council, the Commission for Social Development encouraged the Secretary-General to raise awareness of the family’s requirements among policymakers and the public and the most effective means of addressing those needs.
This request was made in a council resolution of May 29, 1985, in which it was suggested that families be included in the General Assembly’s provisional agenda for its forty-first session to consider a request for the Secretary-General to initiate a process of global awareness development for governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and public opinion.
The Assembly later requested all countries to express their opinions on the probable declaration of a worldwide year of the family, based on the Commission for Social Development recommendations, which were prepared in its 30th round of meetings.
According to the Council’s request, the Secretary-General is to submit a comprehensive report to the General Assembly at its forty-third session on the possible proclamation of this year and other ways and means of improving the family’s well-being and increasing international cooperation as part of global efforts to advance social progress and global development.
The General Assembly declared the International Year of the Family in its resolution 44/82 on December 9, 1989.
On May 15, 1993, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution (A/RES/47/237) designating that day as the International Day of Families. A chance to raise awareness of family-related issues and expand knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic dynamics that influence families is provided by this day. Today is Family Day.
The Sustainable Development Goals were endorsed by all 193 UN members on September 25, 2015, as a series of 17 goals aimed at eliminating poverty and environmental degradation, and ushering in a time of development for everyone, everywhere. Many of these goals can only be achieved with the help of families and family-oriented policies and programs.
2022 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES THEME: FAMILIES AND URBANIZATION
“Families and Urbanization” is the subject for this year’s International Day of Families, which aims to raise awareness about the necessity of family-friendly urban policies.
One of the most significant factors impacting our world and the lives of families is urbanization.
SDGs such as eradicating poverty, improving health and well-being, reducing inequality throughout the world, ensuring the safety of cities, and making cities more sustainable all contribute to sustainable urbanization. To achieve these SDGs, it is critical to managing urbanization appropriately to benefit families and all generations living in cities.
Demographic and economic trends have driven cities and urban centers to become the primary habitat of humanity during the previous two decades.
Cities are not just places where quick changes in socioeconomic and environmental circumstances are conceivable, but they are also places where such change is most desperately required. Cities in the world’s growing economies are becoming increasingly essential generators of global wealth, even as the planet’s resources are rapidly dwindling. As a result, it is more important than ever for governments and organizations to achieve the aim of sustainable urbanization as a significant development lever.
The way cities are planned, administered, and offered services to their residents is part of the answer. When poorly managed, urbanization may be harmful to long-term development. On the other hand, sustainable urbanization is one of the solutions to our ever-increasing global population. When approached holistically, efforts to generate jobs, decrease our environmental impact, and enhance our quality of life are most effective. Many essential development concerns, such as energy, water consumption and production, biodiversity, disaster preparedness, and climate change adaptation, may be tackled in tandem by prioritizing sustainable urbanization within a larger development framework. This developing possibility must be acknowledged and supported during Rio+20.
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