The annual membership fee of EUR 87,50 or $100,- covers administrative costs of meetings, information sessions with specialists, office material, publications, postage, preparations for the International Day of Families on May 15th, as designated by the United Nations, etc, as well as the production and mailing of the quarterly bulletin Families International, which is part of the service provided to the membership.
All other activities since 1985, such as the World NGO Forum, Launching the International Year of the Family 1994 (IYF), in cooperation with the UN IYF Secretariate and the Government of Malta, 9 International Seminars, several projects, as well as publications and the service of the world-wide network are funded by donors and sponsors, such as those, listed below.
Financial support has been received from the governments of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Spain, as well as from the governments of the Balearic Islands, Catalonia, and from the European Union, the United Nations Voluntary Fund for IYF and the United Nations Trust Fund on Family Activities, and also from business institutions and private donors.
Extensive voluntary work-input of individual representatives of member organisations of the Committee assure cost effectiveness.
The Vienna NGO Committee on the Family has contributed US$ 7.000 to the United Nations Trust Fund on Family Activities by producing and selling the International Year of the Family cookery book entitled "Family Favourites" which was available through UN bookstores, but is now out of print.
A PLAN of ACTION for each year is proposed by the Board and, after discussion in a Full Committee Meeting, approved by the membership.
DRAFT PLAN OF ACTION 2021
VIENNA NGO COMMITTEE ON THE FAMILY
1. SERVICE TO INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS FOR KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
FAMILIES INTERNATIONAL, QUARTERLY BULLETIN OF THE VIENNA NGO COMMITTEE ON THE FAMILY, PUBLISHED ONLINE BY THE COMMITTEE: EXPANDING THE KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE PUBLICATION IN OUR WORLDWIDE DIGITAL NETWORKS OF PARTICIPANTION BY CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS, UNITED NATION AGENCIES, GOVERNMENT MINISTRIES AND ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS THROUGH:
I. SPECIAL FEATURES ON FAMILY-RELATED ISSUES & POLICIES
II. PUBLICATION OF PRESENTATIONS & PROCEEDINGS OF INTERNATIONAL FORUMS ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE, INTER ALIA, TO OBSERVE THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES 2021.
III. TEXTS SUBMITTED FROM MEMBER ORGANISATIONS OF THE VIENNA NGO COMMITTEE ON THE FAMILY
IV. BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE RESOURCES & RESEARCH RESULTS FROM THE UNITED NATIONS FOCAL POINT ON THE FAMILY AND FROM UNITED NATIONS AGENCIES, RELEVANT TO FAMILIES & FAMILIES-ORIENTED CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS.
V. TEXTUAL BACKGROUND & KNOWLEDGE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM MEMBER ORGANISATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE
VI. FAMILIES RELATED CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
VII. INTRODUCTION OF FAMILIES-ORIENTED ORGANISATIONS
VIII. INFORMATION ON PUBLICATIONS, PERIODICALS AND MAGAZINES
IX. INFORMATION ON RECENT AND FORTHCOMING EVENTS
2. WEBSITES MAINTAINED BY THE COMMITTEE:
IMPROVING THE FUNCTIONALITY AND USABILITY OF THE COMMITTEE WEBSITE & THE THREE DIGITAL NETWORKS SET-UP & MAINTAINED BY THE COMMITTEE, AS PART OF THE KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE 'CYBER-STREET' OF NETWORK FACILITIES PROVIDED BY THE COMMITTEE:
3. FULL COMMITTEE MEETINGS
ORGANIZINATION OF TWO FULL COMMITTEE MEETINGS, INCORPORATING AN INTERNATIONAL FORUM AT EACH MEETING, HEALTH ISSUES PERMITTING, IN PERSON, AT THE VIENNA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF THE UNITED NATIONS, OTHERWISE PER ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCE.
4. COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED NATIONS
DRAFTING OF A STATEMENT, BASED ON THE PRIORITY THEME OF THE ANNUAL UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT (UNCSD) HELD EACH YEAR IN NEW YORK, WHICH IS THEN OFFERED TO MEMBER ORGANISATIONS FOR POSSIBLE SIGNATURE, BEFORE SUBMISSION TO THE UNCSD, AND TO BECOME AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT OF THE ANNUAL MEETING. THE BOARD OF THE COMMITTEE KEEPS IT VARIOUS DIGITAL NETWORKS INFORMED WITH DOCUMENTS OF UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTIONS AND REPORTS BY THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL, PERTAINING TO FAMILY ISSUES.
COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED NATIONS FOCAL POINT ON THE FAMILY WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS (DESA) IN NEW YORK, BY ORGANISING AN INTERNATIONAL FORUM AT THE UNITED NATIONS VIENNA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE TO OBSERVE THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES, IN MAY 2020
5. PROJECTS OF THE COMMITTEE
(1) UPKEEP & MAINTAINANCE OF NETWORK FACILITIES OF COMMUNICATION & KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE THREE DIGITAL WEBSITES SET UP & MAINTAINED BY THE COMMITTEE.
(2) ORGANISATION OF TWO INTERNATIONAL FORUMS WITHIN TWO FULL COMMITTEE MEETINGS AT THE UNITED NATIONS VIENNA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE.
(3) ONLINE PUBLICATION OF FOUR ISSUES OF THE QUARTERLY BULLETIN 'FAMILIES INTERNATIONAL', WHICH HAS A MAILNG LIST OF OVER 600 PARTICIPANTS.
Peter Crowley Ph.D.
Wolfgang Engelmaier M.A.
The Vienna NGO Committee on the Family would like to express appreciation and gratitude to all those who support its activities and endeavours
in the service of families world-wide and to the then Federal Ministry for Social Affairs and Generations of the Austrian Government for its
financial support in setting up the original website in 2001.