The United Nations General Assembly declared it May 15 as the International Day of Families. Celebrating this day highlights the importance of family as a basic unit in society, as well as concerns about the situation of families around the world. Although families around the world have been transforming over the past decades in terms of their structure and as a result of global trends and demographic changes, the United Nations still recognizes the family as a basic social unit.

The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of family issues and to increase knowledge about the social, economic and demographic processes that affect them. It inspired a series of awareness raising events, including the celebration of the International Day of Families. In many countries, this day is an opportunity to highlight the differences, priorities and interests of families. Activities in celebrating the day of families include workshops, conferences, radio and television programs, news articles and cultural programs that highlight relevant topics.

The topic of celebrating the International Day of Families in 2019 is “Families and Climate ChangeS, with a focus on families, family policies and the main goals of the 13th Goal for Sustainable Development, with an emphasis on:

13.3: Improving education, awareness and human and institutional capacity for mitigation, adaptation, mitigation and early warning in relation to climate change and

13.2: Integrating climate change measures into national policies, strategies and plans.

The aim of marking the International Day of Families is precisely the affirmation of family and family values, the promotion of gender equality in the family, the protection of the family as the basic unit in the society and assistance in responsible behavior towards the community. To develop a healthy society, it is necessary to develop and strengthen a healthy family relationship.