The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The theme for International Day of Families 2019 is "Families and Climate Action: Focus on SDG13". The 2019 observance focuses on families and family policies.
Major thrust will be on Sustainable Development Goals 13 that targets improvement in education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning. It also integrates climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.
The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families.
The Day highlights the importance of all caregivers in families, be it parents, grandparents or siblings and the importance of parental education for the welfare of children. It focuses on good practices for work-family balance to assist parents in their educational and caregiving roles. Good practices from the private sector in support of working parents, as well as youth and older persons in the workplace are also highlighted.
The Day also aims to discuss the importance of ‘knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.’