Ramakanta Biswas

Family plays a vital role in everyone's life. There is nothing as beautiful, as genuine, as unconditional love as family love. In order to celebrate the bond that brings us together and the love that keeps us united, International Day of Families is being observed across the world today. 

The International Day of the Family is celebrated annually on May 15 to raise awareness about the importance of families and the role they play in promoting social cohesion, solidarity, and well-being.

Family means different things to different people – but at its core, family means love and support. It is a day to pledge to support our family and stay connected with them.


In 1993, the General Assembly decided in a resolution (A/RES/47/237) that 15 May of every year should be observed as The International Day of Families. This day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. On 25 September 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 goals aiming to eliminate poverty, discrimination, abuse and preventable deaths, address environmental destruction, and usher in an era of development for all people, everywhere. Families and family-oriented policies and programmes are vital for the achievement of many of these goals. 

2023 Theme: Demographic Trends and Families

The 2023 International Day of Families observance is to raise awareness of the impact of demographic trends on families. The event will include:

Launch of the Background Paper on “The Impact of Demographic Trends on Families”

Presentation of the World Social Report 2023 “Leaving No One Behind in an Ageing World”

Presentation on intergenerational equity and solidarity

An overview of recommendations of policies in response to demographic trends Presentation of civil society initiatives for IYF+30
Interactive discussion with audience participation