United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for International Day of Families 2013 stated. “Families hold societies together, and intergenerational relationships extend this legacy over time. This year’s International Day of Families is an occasion to celebrate connections among all members of the constellation that makes up a family. It is also an opportunity to reflect on how they are affected by social and economic trends—and what we can do to strengthen families in response.”
May 15 is observed as International Day of Families every year. The day was officially proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 with resolution A/RES/47/237. It highlights the importance the international community has on families. It also seeks to increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.
The observation of the day has inspired a series of awareness raising events which includes national family day. Many countries observe the day by highlighting different areas of interest and the importance of families. The activities include workshops and conferences along with cultural programs highlighting the relevant themes.