International Day of Families, 2024

  • 14 May 2024

The International Day of Families, observed annually on May 15th, commemorates the vital role of families in society and highlights their significance, challenges, and efforts to strengthen family bonds globally.

  • The United Nations adopted the International Day of Families in 1994 to raise awareness about family importance and challenges, promoting togetherness and unity worldwide.
  • Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2024, the day emphasizes the theme 'Families and Climate Change,' highlighting the impact of climate change on families and encouraging action to mitigate its effects.
  • Family and community initiatives play a crucial role in climate action by providing education, training, and community participation, driving the transition to a circular economy.
  • Originating from recommendations by the Economic and Social Council and the Commission for Social Development in 1983, the UN officially declared May 15th as the International Day of Families in 1993.
  • The day aims to raise awareness of family issues, address social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families, celebrate family diversity, and promote inclusivity.