UN draft resolution: Preparations for and observance of the thirtieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the General Assembly of United Nations, approved the draft resolution during its meeting on 18 November 2022.

Introducing the text, the representative of Pakistan, speaking on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China, said that it focuses on mega-trends, including urbanization, climate change and migration. Underscoring the importance of digital literacy, the text also calls for evidence-based research on the effects of technology and artificial intelligence on family balance and parental education. He welcomed the International Year of the Family as an opportunity to raise awareness and take action to strengthen development.

By its terms, the Assembly would call on Member States to offer support to working parents through, inter alia, expanded child and family benefits and paid family leave and sick leave. It would also request that the focal point on the family be the Department of Economic and Social Affairs to enhance collaboration with regional commissions, funds and programmes. Further, the Assembly would call on Member States and United Nations bodies to provide information on their activities, including good practices at the national level. It would request the Secretary-General to submit a report to the General Assembly at its seventy-eighth session on the implementation of the present resolution.

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