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15 May 2022: International Day of Families on “Families and Urbanization”, United Nations

13 May, 2022 | 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Urbanization is one of the most important megatrends shaping our world and the life and wellbeing of families worldwide. Sustainable urbanization is related to the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, such as SDG1 (Poverty eradication) SDG 3, (Good health and well-being); SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable), SDG10 (Reduce inequality within and among countries). All the above SDGs and targets depend on how well urbanization is managed to benefit families and enhance the well-being of all generations living in the cities.

This year’s theme of the International Day of Families on “Families and Urbanization” is to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable and family-friendly urban policies.

Virtual Event
Friday, 13 May – 10:00-11:15 AM (New York time) | 4:00-5:15 pm (Central European Time)

UNDESA will organize a panel discussion that will include presentations from academics, civil society and urban authorities. The event will include the launch of the background paper as well as presentation of civil society initiatives such as Venice Declaration and Civil Society Declaration for IYF+30.

A major research paper is to be launched at the observance as part of the preparations for IYF+30. The keynote address by the author will mainly examine current urbanization trends from a family perspective.

The paper on Migration, Urbanization, and the Family Dimension focuses on the impact of urbanization and migration on families. The paper addresses recent urbanization trends impacting families; gender and urbanization; urbanization and family life, in particular the importance of affordable safe housing, child and youth developments and intergenerational issues; urbanization and globalization; urbanization and green spaces; promoting civic life and participation in urban areas, social cohesion and social stability.

Concept Note


Bios of Speakers

Here is the link to UN media where the event will be webcast live: https://media.un.org/en/webtv

More information here


13 May, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

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