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Open Meeting: October 27, 2016

“Strengthening the well-being of children: A culturally competent perspective.”

Joyce A. Thomas, Regional Administrator,
U.S Department of health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families


October 27, 2016
1:15 to 2:45
Bahai Center, 866 UN Plaza, first floor
48th St. and 1st ave.


International Day of Families – Grandparents in the Family: Key for Intergenerational Solidarity

Renata Kaczmarska
United Nations Focal Point on the Family
Kevin Brabazon, PhD
Professor at New York University
Ed Ryan
Senior Legislative Advocate
AARP Pennsylvania

Nandi Bengu
Women’s Federation for World Peace

Thursday, May 19, 2016
1:15pm to 3:00pm
UN Church Center
777 United Nations Plaza, NY, NY 10017
in the Boss Room, 8th floor
(entrance on 44th Street)

Co-Sponsors: International Council of Psychologists, Universal Peace Federation, & LDS Charities

CSW: March 24, 2016

Fostering World Leadership in Young Women – Starting with the Role of the Mother

March 24, 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission
221 East 52nd Street, New York, New York

Please see flyer here.

The family, as the fundamental unit of society, continues to be the best-suited entity for preparing young girls for leadership roles in the community and the world. While some may belittle mothering as an unglamorous, unrewarding burden, studies show that women who are actively involved in nurturing their daughters raise women who are more successful in the workplace and the community.

Our distinguished slate of panelists will discuss how different sectors of society can support the role of mothers and help young girls achieve their full potential.

Fostering World Leadership Panelists


Neill F. Marriott
2nd Counselor in the Presidency of the Global Young Women Organization
LDS Church

Humanitarian Aid:

Leslie Goldman
Vice President of Program and Community Engagement
U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Community Solutions:

Abaynesh Asrat
President and CEO of Nations to Nations Networking

Daughters Perspective:

Weronika Janczuk
Director of Education, World Youth Alliance

CSocD: February 11, 2016

Strengthening the Family for Social Development

Co-Sponsored BY: The Permanent Mission of Qatar to the UN, NGO Committee on the Family-NY, International Council of Psychologists, Universal Peace Federation, LDS Charities and Alliance Defending Freedom.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Speakers included:
Ms. Alanoud Qassim M. A. AL-Temimi, Third Committee Expert, Permanent Mission of Qatar to the UN

Ms. Noor Al-Malki Executive Director of Doha International Family Institute

Mr. Kyle Pruett, Fathers’ Impact on Children, and Consequences for Social Development MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center, Yale University

Dr. Bahira Sherif Trask: Strategies for Strengthening the Family for Sustainable Social Development Professor, College of Human Development & Family Studies, University of Delaware

For Mr. Pruett’s full PowerPoint, please click here:


General Meeting: February 25, 2016

Parenting: Basic and Complex Contemporary issues
Thursday, February 25th from 1:15PM – 2:45 PM
UN Church Center, 777 UN Plaza
Presbyterian Room, 7th Floor

This event will feature:
Dr. Barbara Mowder, Director, Graduate Psychology Programs at Pace university and the Parent-Child Institute
And Renata Kaczmarska, the UN Focal point on the Family.

Ms. Kaczmarska will also be discussing plans for International Day of Families for May 16. We look forward to hearing all your ideas and contributions.

Please note space is limited. If you plan on attending, please RSVP by Tuesday the 23rd at ngofamilycommittee@gmail.com

mowder     Kaczmarska


General Meeting: January 28, 2016

“Family Solutions to African Traditional Cultural Practices Harmful to Women: Exploring Men’s Role in the Eradication Process”

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Speaker: Mame Kani Diop, Doctoral Research Assistant, Montclair State University, Department of Family and Child Studies, specialized area of female genital mutilation



For Ms. Diop’s full powerpoint, please click here:

UN NGO – The Role of Men in the Eradication process_Diop

General Meeting: November 19, 2015

Topic: The Family as the Fundamental Agent for Achieving the Goals of the 2030 Agenda

Speakers: Dr. Susan Roylance; Renata Kaczmarska

sroylanceSusan Roylance is the author/compiler of several books on international family policy, including the UN Negotiating Guide and the DIFI sponsored: The Family and the MDGs – Using Family Capital to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals. She coauthored a study on “Family Policies Affecting Arab Family Foundation” (published by Q-Science.com), and wrote a blog titled “Families Around the World” for the Utah Deseret News (daily newspaper).


For Dr. Roylance’s full PowerPoint, please click here:

The Family in the 2030 Agenda


KaczmarskaRenata Kaczmarska, the United Nations DESA Focal Point on Family, works on family policy development in many areas such as: social protection, work-family balance, family poverty reduction, and intergenerational issues.

General Meeting: October 22, 2015

Topic: Engaging and Supporting Families So Their Children Thrive

Speakers: Claudia Williams, PhD; Dr. Parthener Olivia Pinder, MD; Allan Shedlin
Location: Hardin Room, 11th Floor Church Building (777 1st. Ave., E 44th St, New York, NY 10017)

Young children’s development (Pre-Birth to Age 8) is enhanced when their parents, extended family members and other caregivers and the community provide the guidance, support and resource that contributes to their well-being.  This two-part program includes presentations about two (2) projects reflecting the premise.

Health, Art Therapy and Literacy 

Claudia Williams, PhD, NGO Representative, Council of International Programmes (CIP), and Dr. Parthener Olivia Pinder, MD, currently enrolled in MPH  Policy and Planning at New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, will present their program currently being implemented in the SE Regional Health Authority Family Clinics  in St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica.

Doubling the Odds of Early Childhood Success– Engaging Dads.

Allan_ShedlinAllan Shedlin, REEL FATHERS Founder & President, Washington, DC, former elementary school principal and former Executive Director of the National Elementary School Center.

Allan Shedlin has been working with community-based organizations in Central and Northern New Mexico, Montgomery County, MD and Washington, DC.  The REEL FATHERS program utilizes film and story as catalysts for dialogue and relationship skill-building with fathers.