Recognize International Day of Families 2024

Plus, 30th Anniversary of International Year of the Family

Watch the recording of the International Day of Families 2024 observance.


May 15 is the International Day of Families, observed at the United Nations each year with special events to promote awareness and disseminate knowledge about societal factors that affect families. The 2024 theme will focus on families and climate change, aiming to "raise awareness of how climate change impacts families and the role families can play in climate action."

NCFR Fellow Bahira Sherif Trask, Ph.D., and NCFR member Ruben P. Viramontez Anguiano, Ph.D., CFLE, are slated to present papers as part of the Expert Group Meetings at this year's events, which will address many family-related topics in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the International Year of the Family.

Watch this year's main observance on U.N. Web TV, May 15 from 10 – 11:45 a.m. ET.

The background note and program for the events are available as PDFs from the U.N.

International Year of the Family

2024 is also the 30th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (IYF). "The family constitutes the basic unit of society and therefore warrants special attention," the U.N. proclaimed in 1994. "Hence, the widest possible protection and assistance should be accorded to families so that they may fully assume their responsibilities within the community. ..."

In preparation for the 30th anniversary, NCFR hosted a 2023 U.N. Expert Group Meeting where NCFR members and family scholars developed recommendations related to families and demographic change in North America.

NCFR also was deeply involved with the original IYF in 1994. NCFR sent representatives to multiple meetings and conferences, hosted a 1994 summer workshop associated with IYF, and set its 1994 conference theme to align with IYF. Read more about NCFR's IYF involvement:

Promote Family Science for International Day of Families

As International Day of Families approaches, you can spread the word about Family Science and how the work of Family Scientists empowers families to thrive.

Just a few of the many NCFR resources you can use and share:

NCFR & Family Science at the U.N.