Fall Preview

As High Level Week draws to a close, we’d like to advertise our events for 78th General Assembly.  We look forward to a tremendous slate of speakers.  See you soon!

October 26 – “The Struggle for Girls Education in Afghanistan: The Family’s Role”

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi will be sharing her amazing – and sometimes harrowing – experiences in helping girls receive an education in Taliban- controlled Afghanistan.

November 16 – “Volunteerism: Giving Back as a Family”

December 14 – “Family Holiday Traditions”
Presentations and sharing of holiday foods. This event will be in-person as well as broadcast via Zoom.

January 25 – UN Third Committee Representatives speak on their country’s family policies

February 22 – Annual “Graduate Student Forum”

Learn from the best and brightest graduate students, from around the country, as they address family issues and dynamics.

***If you are a graduate student, or know one, please visit this link to see the “Call for Papers” and learn how to have your work spotlighted at the UN during this February event.

March – “Family Business as a means to employ women, provide income and eradicate poverty.”

This event will be held in conjunction with the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Exact date to be determined.

April – “Family Policy and Population: Research Forum”

The first of an annual series at the UN with scholars presenting their research on fertility and family policy. The goal of the forum: provide evidence-based research to assist countries experiencing low-fertility challenges. Held during the Commission on Population & Development (CPD) – week of April 29-May 3, 2024.

***If you are a scholar or researcher, please visit this link to see the “Call for Presentations” and learn how to have your work spotlighted at the UN during this April event.

May 15 – International Day of Families – 30th anniversary
Tentative theme: “Demographic Change, Climate Change, Aging, and Intergenerational Families”


Thank You!

We would like to thank all of our supporters for their participation in our events over the course of the 77th General Assembly. We have concluded our programming for the year, but will return with new events sharing the latest in family trends and advocacy with the opening of the 78th General Assembly in October. In the mean time, you can review our archives for past sessions, or simply visit our YouTube channel! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Open Meeting: International Day of Families, May 16, 2023

Population Change: Will your family be impacted?

The global population crossed the eight billion mark on November 15, 2022. What impact will eight billion people have on world economies, geo-political dynamics, poverty reduction, ageing, intergenerational relationships, and other issues related to human flourishing? What, if any, is the link between population and climate? And, in light of the annual celebration of the International Day of Families, what does it mean for each and every family?

The basics of Demographic Transition Theory (DDT assert that a modernizing society will progress through stages from high levels of fertility and mortality to low fertility and low mortality. DTT, however, makes no predictions about where it will all end – “in fertility balance or bust.” Or, in keeping with an oft used demographic metaphor, “will there be a soft-landing” as the world transitions from a state of ever increasing population, to declining or stagnating population numbers?

This event will provide a reasoned, pro-natalist perspective as it explores population dynamics with a focus on “the family as the basic unit of society and as such is entitled to receive comprehensive protection and support…” (ICPD 5.1, Social Summit, 80)


“Family Factors Impacting Population Change”
Lyman Stone
Director of Research at Demographic Intelligence Research
Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies (IFS)

“Population Eight Billion: Considerations for Families”
Karoline Schmid, Ph.D.
Chief, Fertility and Population Ageing Section Population Division
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

A full recording of this session is available on our YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/EGYWk78u9vA

The NGO Committee on the Family has been wonderfully fortunate in the high caliber of panelists and speakers who have graciously addressed us. In an effort to enrich the intellectual experience of our audience, we have invited guests representing a diverse set of views and beliefs. We should note here that the expression of any views on this or any other program does not constitute an endorsement of those views by the NGO Committee on the Family, our member NGOs, or our co-sponsoring organizations.

Open Meeting: April 27, 2023

The NGO Committee on the Family-New York welcomes our annual Graduate Student Forum on the Family. The family is the “natural and fundamental” building block of society (UDHR Art. 16(3)). As such, stable families are essential for stable communities, stable nations, and a stable world. The optimal way to promote stable families is through parent empowerment and support. Speakers will address programs that have supported parents with financial needs, from marginalized groups, and with special needs children. Current research and implications for parents, community organizations, and policymakers will be addressed.


Open Meeting: March 16, 2023 – CSW

Successes in Family Frameworks and Technology for the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls: A Parallel Event for the 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women


Open Meeting: Feb. 23, 2023

Sons and Daughters of Working Mothers:Successes and Challenges
Thursday – February 23, 2023 (1:15 – 2:30 PM EST)

What woman would not want to see more men take a more active part in sharing household duties? A multinational Harvard Business School study a few years ago determined that sons of working mothers are more likely to grow up to assume a greater role in caring for family members and participate more actively in household

The U.S. government continues to press for more childcare so that more women can be employed outside the home and fill numerous job openings that are going begging. But is this government strategy given the rapid and radical shift that has just taken place in the American labor force?

This event should be viewed by working parents as an opportunity to learn from
experts in the field and make good choices for themselves and for their children.

A recording of this session is on our YouTube channel at:

Kathleen L. McGinn
Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School

Katharine B. Stevens
Former Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and in 2022 Founder of the Center on Child and Family Policy

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