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Improve position and well-being of family; intensify global efforts to advance social progress and development: United Nations
This year, the International Day of Families is being observed on the 15th of May with the theme "Families and Climate Action: Focus on SDG 13" and focus on families, family policies and major SDG 13 targets, informs the UN website.

"Although families all over the world have transformed greatly over the past decades in terms of their structure and as a result of global trends and demographic changes, the United Nations still recognizes the family as the basic unit of society. The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them," states the website,

The focus this yrear is on target 13.3, meant to improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning; as well as on target 13.2 which advocates integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning. It has been urged that the world community must 'improve the position and well-being of the family and intensify international co-operation as part of global efforts to advance social progress and development.'

It was in 1993, the General Assembly proclaimed the International Day of Families 'to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.'

On 25 September 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, 'a set of 17 goals aiming to eliminate poverty, discrimination, abuse and preventable deaths, address environmental destruction, and usher in an era of development for all people, everywhere. Families and family-oriented policies and programmes are vital for the achievement of many of these goals.'

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