The NGO Committee on the Family New York invites you to attend

Strong Families, Strong Society: Policies Supporting Families

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 1 – 2PM EST (New York Time)

Please join us for presentations by
3rd Committee (ECOSOC) Experts at the United Nations

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The family at its best is a place of mutual care, encouragement, joy, and collaboration in the shared work of life. Strong families strengthen the fabric of society through providing a stable foundation for childhood development and caring for their members throughout the life course.  It is for this reason that international law recognizes that “[t]he family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State,” (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, art. 23(1)).

Some national legislatures have decided to prioritize the family in their policies, not in contrast to individual rights but in recognition of the family’s importance for personal development and society as a whole. At this event, 3rd Committee experts discuss the negotiation process during the General Assembly, and address how their national governments support social policy at the family level, not just the individual level, as well as how pro-family policies have gained support in their countries. Following this, there will be an opportunity for questions.

This meeting was held under Chatham House rules, so there is no recording of this meeting.