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IFFD: The new UN Resolution on Family Issues

 The International Federation for Family Development published in December 2018 the draft of a United Nations Resolution submitted by UN Group 77 and approved by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. In brief, the resolution encourages Governments to continue their efforts to implement the objectives of the International Year of the Family and its follow-up processes, to develop strategies and programs aimed at strengthening national capacities to address national priorities relating to family issues and to step up their efforts in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, and to implement those objectives, in particular in the areas of fighting poverty and hunger and ensuring the well-being of all at all ages. It also invites Member States to invest in a variety of inclusive family-oriented policies and programs, which take into account the different needs and expectations of families, as important tools for, inter alia, fighting poverty, social exclusion and inequality, promoting work-family balance and gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls and advancing social integration and intergenerational solidarity to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.