International Day of Families and National Families Week, 15 – 21 May 2017

A family in Central Nigeria where UN’s End Poverty Programmes are underway. World Bank/Arne Hoel


The 15th May 2017 marks the United Nations’ International Day of Families, observed every year to draw attention to issues that specifically affect families, which the UN recognise as the basic units of society. This year, the theme is “Families, education and well-being,” focusing on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members (United Nations).


The 15th May and the International Day of Families also coincide with the beginning of another recognition of families, the National Families Week in Australia. This is a week-long celebration of families and the vital role they play in Australian society, sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.


National Families Week is an opportunity to connect with our families, and enjoy taking part in family-oriented activities in the wider community. All Australians, including individuals, schools and community organisations are invited to take part in the celebrations. If you’d like some ideas for how to celebrate this National Families Week, or to find an event taking place near you, head to


For more information about the International Day of Families, visit the United Nations website at



Source: International Day of Families 15 May, About the Week – National Families Week

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