United Nations' Events on Families Prominently Feature NCFR Members

Once a month, NCFR will round up resources from the United Nations (U.N.) and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relevant to family research.

Each year, U.N. Headquarters in New York observes the International Day of Families with a special program. The 2018 theme is “Families and Inclusive Societies.” This year's observance on Tuesday, May 15 is open to the public, and will be live streamed from 1:15–2:30 p.m. ET as part of a two-day Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Family Policies for Inclusive Societies. The program prominently features three NCFR members (pictured left to right):


  • Bahira Sherif Trask, Ph.D. was invited to deliver a keynote address during the official observance, “Families and Family Policies for Inclusive Societies: Focus on SDG16.” She will also give introductory remarks before a closed EGM session on making cities more inclusive for families with different needs.
  • Mihaela Robila, Ph.D., CFLE, was invited to give presentations at two closed EGM sessions on refugees and social integration in Europe.
  • Yan Ruth Xia, Ph.D., CFLE, was invited to moderate an international panel of experts during the observance and will give a presentation during a closed EGM session on inclusive urbanization in China.

These three exemplary scholars are counted among the most distinguished family experts in the international community. NCFR is especially proud to have them as members who have been active in planning programs for our annual conference. Dr. Trask is the NCFR 2018 conference program chair, and previously served as chair of the Advancing Family Science Section. Dr. Robila is the current chair of the International Section. Dr. Xia has served two terms as the chair of the International Section, and is the current past chair. Drs. Trask and Robila are NCFR’s co-representatives to the U.N.

View the full program here


Dr. Robila to Speak at U.N. Roundtable on Families

The following day at the U.N. on Wednesday, May 16, Dr. Robila is an invited panelist for a roundtable discussion on the results of the "SDGs & Families" global research project in which she participated. She will speak on “Families and Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” This event is open to the public and will be live streamed.

View the full program and project details


More information

2018 International Day of Families

2018 Follow-up Report on the International Year of the Family

2018 NCFR Annual Conference