New York, 01 June 2022 (TDI): Each year, Global Parents Day is celebrated on June 1st. This day aims to appreciate and honor all parents for their selfless commitment to children and lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.
The General Assembly adopted several resolutions, including the International year of the family and the International Day of Families, before declaring a global day for parents to celebrate the significance of families in the development process.
Emphasizing the critical role of parents in the rearing of children, the Global Day of Parents recognizes that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children. For the full and harmonious development of their personality, children should grow up in a family environment and an atmosphere of happiness, love, and understanding.
Designated by the General Assembly in 2012, Global Day of Parents provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents for their “selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.”
To mark Global Parents Day, European Union Statistical Office shared that in 2021, 24 percent of the 197 million households in the EU will have children living with them. The results also indicated that thirteen percent of the households consisted of single parents.
🏠🧒In 2021, of the 197 million households in the EU, 24% had children living with them.
🔸49% of households with children had one child
🔸39% had two children
🔸12% had three or more children
🔸 13% consisted of single parents
— EU_Eurostat (@EU_Eurostat) June 1, 2022
Similarly, The Global Parenting Initiative by UNICEF wishes all the parents to stay healthy, happy, and safe with their children. The UN Women have shared their regards for the parents for raising children with love and acceptance regardless of any bias.
Today, we celebrate all those raising children to be healthy, happy and safe – to the parents and caregivers who give so much, we see you and we salute you!
— Global Parenting Initiative (@GPI_Parenting) June 1, 2022
Currently, UNICEF is working worldwide to promote living conditions for families and children. Similarly, World Food Programme (WFP) is making tireless efforts to ensure zero hunger by enabling parents to provide food for their children.
Family = hope
Global Day of Parents is a reminder that caregivers need support. UNICEF is working around the world to help parents, like Trun and Nu in Vietnam, support their children's mental health and well-being. #OnMyMind pic.twitter.com/ukYfph6gHy
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) June 1, 2022
Social crises during Covid-19
Parents bear the social responsibility of providing food, shelter, education, protection, and better living conditions without any threat to their emotional wellbeing; however, these social duties were hit hard during COVID-19.
Organization can play their role in the development of society by introducing family-friendly policies and practices.
According to the UN agencies, including UNICEF, ILO, and UN Women on family-friendly policies, it is essential to support families during crucial times to minimize negative impacts on the children.
During the 1980′, the UN started focusing on the basic structure of the families. In 1983, the Economic and Social Council and the Commission for Social development adopted a resolution to emphasize the role of the family in the development process.
Meanwhile, the Council emphasized the Secretary-General to enhance public awareness regarding the needs of the family snd effective ways of meeting those needs.
Under the resolution 44/82 of December 1989, the General Assembly proclaimed 1994 as the International Year of Family. Later on, the General Assembly decided on May 15th as the international day of families under its resolution 47/237 of 1993.
2012 General Assembly adopted the resolution to analyze the critical role of parents in rearing children. On this particular day, The UN recognizes that families play prime in the protection announcement of children. Similarly, each family must foster an environment of love, happiness, and understanding for better children’s growth.