COOPERATION WITH
THE UNITED NATIONS
 
The following quotation from the Report of the United Nations Secretary-General to the General Assembly on November 21th 2017 (A/73/61-E/2018/4) documents the appreciation of the highest office of the United Nations for the endeavours of our Committee, and the Member Organisations and their representatives, for the well-being of families worldwide. 'The Vienna NGO Committee on the Family continues to raise awareness of challenges faced by families and focuses on sharing good practices and innovative solutions at the national and community level. Recently, the Committee has focused on a number of issues relating to Sustainable Development Goal 4, including parenting interventions, adolescent well-being and engaging families in literacy and learning.'
 
Further to the quotation above, the Board of the Committee keeps its various networks informed with documents of United Nations Resolutions and Reports of the United Nations Secretary- General pertaining to family issues.
 
A background note, entitled; 'Families and Inclusive Societies' was prepared by the Focal Point on the Family, of the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), of the United Nations Secretariat. This theme was chosen for the United Nations, International Day of Families 2018. A panel discussion on this theme, was held at the United Nations in New York. The background note was also included in Families International Issue No. 106.
 
United Nations International Day of Families May 15th 2018: 'Families for Inclusive Societies' https://www.un.org/development/desa/family/international-day-of-families/2018idf.html
 
United Nations Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on 'Families for Inclusive Societies' https://www.un.org/development/desa/family/2018/04/23/egm-on-family-policies-for-inclusive- societies-15-16-may-2018/
 
For further information on the EGM: https://www.un.org/development/desa/family/meetings-events/family-policies-for-inclusive- societies.html
 
The website www.10yearsIYF.org maintained by the Committee is a resource archive for the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Family (IYF) in 2004. It resulted out of the participation of the then Chairperson of the Committee in a consultative meeting of international and regional Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) set up by the United Nations Secretariat in New York, in 2002, to implement a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly to observe the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family (IYF) in 2004. It was agreed to prepare a study, under the chairmanship of the Vienna NGO Committee on the Family, on contributions of civil society to the well-being of families since 1994. This study was published in book form, with the financial support of the United Nations Trust Fund on Family Activities, under the title: ‘Documenting Contributions of Civil Society Organisations to the Well-Being of Families’, edited by P. Crowley. It was submitted to the members of the special session of the 59th General Assembly of the United Nations on Dec. 6th 2004, to officially observe the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Family.
 
A study update was facilitated by the Committee setting up the website www.20yearsIYF.org and the results were presented to the United Nations at the observance of the International Day of Families 2014 to observe the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations International Year of the Family.
 
The full 80 page report, of the study update, 'Documenting Contributions of Civil Society Organisation to the Well-Being of Families' by Dr. Peter Crowley, then Secretary of the Committee, in cooperation with the United Nations Focal Point on the Family, is available to download on the United Nations website at: https://www.un.org/development/desa/family/international-day-of-families/2014-3.html
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