On November 13th, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a new resolution on the “Follow-up to the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family and beyond”, tabled jointly by the 135 countries of G77+China, together with the United States, the Russian Federation, Belarus, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
States Representatives reiterated the importance of the International Year of the Family and its follow-up processes, which remain relevant amid COVID‑19. They called to support families in vulnerable situations and to improve the work-life balance of parents and urged Member States to invest in family oriented policies to address poverty and social exclusion.
The representative of the United States strongly supported the irreplaceable primacy of the family as the foundational institution of society, vital to the health of a nation: “The family is our foundation, a pillar of our past and a key to our future prosperity”. He added that “ strengthening capacities for children and their families is one of the best investment societies can make to eliminate extreme poverty, boost economic growth and promote peace”. This resolution recalls the crucial role of parents and caregivers for children and the elderly and the need to value the intergenerational cooperation.
“The family is our foundation, a pillar of our past and a key to our future prosperity”.
FAFCE welcomes the commitment of the United Nations State-parties to support families. It encourages FAFCE Members in their daily work to protect and empower families, especially in these challenging times.
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