Written statement by ELFAC to the 60th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development

The priority theme of the 60th session of the Commission, which will take place in United Nations from 7 to 16 February 2022, is “Inclusive and resilient recovery from COVID-19 for sustainable livelihoods, well-being and dignity for all:  eradicating poverty and hunger in all its forms and dimensions to achieve the 2030 Agenda.”

The written statement of ELFAC on ‘Large Families and COVID-19’, as a NGO with consultative status at ECOSOC (United Nations), has been accepted and published in the official site of the Commission for Social Development.

ELFAC demands that “large families’ special needs and characteristics should be taken into account in their specificity: the number of children in a household should not be a matter of discrimination”.

In its statement ELFAC calls, between other measures, “to recognize the specificity of large families, taking into account the number of dependents and the grade of dependency when establishing any kind of measures addressed to families. This way measure will be more effective for the most vulnerable families, those with many small children, disabled children, elderly, according to Sustainable Development Goal n. 1,10.”

ELFAC concludes saying that “during the Pandemic family has proven to be the essential unit of society. It has been put under a severe stress, but the lesson learnt should help society to really “build back better”: a better, more welcoming and greener environment for all, in particular for families with small children and/or elderly people. Leaving no one behind.”

For this session of the UN Commission for Social Development, the Civil Society Forum, promoted by the NGO Committee Social Development, has launched a Declaration on the theme. ELFAC has joined the Civil Society Declaration.

ELFAC has also organized a side event for the UN 60th. Session under the motto: “Numbers matter: Poverty in Large Families”.

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