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Each year, 15th May is observed worldwide as the International Day of Families. In 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed this date to be an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families. The United Nations Programme on the Family stresses the importance of having healthy and happy familial relationships.

Although families all over the world have transformed greatly over the past decades in terms of their structure and as a result of global trends and demographic changes, the United Nations still recognises the family as the basic unit of society. The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them. It has inspired a series of awareness-raising events, including national family days.

This year’s theme of the International Day of Families is Families, “Families and inclusive societies” which will explore the role of families and family policies in advancing Sustainable Development Goal 16 in terms of Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

The approaches to family policies for inclusive societies vary around the world. In some regions emphasis is placed on the social inclusion of various types of families and/or individuals such as migrant or indigenous families, ethnic minorities or families with persons with disabilities. In other regions, the primary emphasis is placed on social protection for vulnerable families to facilitate their full inclusion in the mainstream of society. As approaches vary, this year’s observance of the International Day of Families is to raise awareness of the role of families and family policies in achieving more inclusive societies from regional perspectives.

We, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), believe that the idea of a family where fairness is initially nurtured is one of the most basic models in shaping the better tomorrow. We also encourage young people from all around the world to embrace gender equality in contemporary families in both their current family and the one that they will build in future.

As the coordinating body of National Youth Councils, it is one of our functions to work together as a family because we believe that family is a vital foundation of an individual’s positive development that will lead to the overall betterment of societies. We treat everyone equally as we seek to create a more just world by empowering everyone, especially young activists from around the globe through a combination of cross-cultural human rights.

Together with this year International Day of Families, we recap our encouragement to the youth to embrace the significance of family especially its role in education and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. It is indisputable that family is the 'basic core' of our society.