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International Day of Families, 15 May 2006

Theme: "Changing Families: Challenges and Opportunities"

The International Day of Families will be observed on 15 May 2006. The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 47/237 of 20 September 1993, proclaimed that 15 May of every year shall be observed as the International Day of Families.

This annual observance reflects the importance which the international community attaches to families as basic units of society as well as its concern regarding their situation around the world. The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families as well as to promote appropriate action.  The Day can become a powerful mobilizing factor on behalf of families in all countries, which avail themselves of this opportunity and demonstrate support of family issues appropriate to each society.

The international theme for 2006 is “Changing Families: Challenges and Opportunities”. This theme provides an opportunity to raise public awareness about crucial issues concerning families.  

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For further inquiries please contact:
Mr. Eric Olson
Focal Point on the Family
Division for Social Policy and Development
Department of Economic and Social Affairs United Nations
Two United Nations Plaza, Rm. DC2-1386
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1(212) 963-0013
Fax: +1(212) 963-0062
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