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  About the World Family Summit
  World Family Summit - China


In the framework of the “Follow-up to the International Year of the Family (YIF) and the observance of its Tenth Anniversary in 2004”, the General Council of the World Family Organization took the resolution to organize a World Family Summit in December 2004, considering that the Summit would be an extraordinary opportunity to evaluate the achievements made since 1994 as well as to propose and initiate concrete actions and activities to address family related issues in the context of Economic, Social and Sustainable Development.

In partnership with the UN/DESA, NGO Section and Department of Public Administration the project of the Summit was prepared. In February 2003, the project of the Summit as well as statements about the commitments of WFO Members, Governmental, Non-Governmental, Universities, Parliamentarians and Families were presented to the 41st Session of the United Nations Commission of Social Development, held in New York.

The proposal was accepted and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) designated a Senior Interregional Advisor to help us to elaborate a concrete roadmap towards the achievement of the Summit, in a very innovative way, bringing together some Heads of States, Ministers of Social Affairs, Education, Health, Labor, Housing, Local Authorities, Academia, Parliamentarians, UN Regional Commissions and UN Specialized Agencies to discuss the role of the Family in the New Millennium and its contribution in the process of learning, dialoging and implementing the Millennium Development Goals.

  World Family Summit +1 - Brazil


The World Family Summit +1 was organized by the World Family Organization with the support of the United Nations - Department of Economic and Social Affairs/NGO-Section/UN-NGO-Informal Regional Network, hosted by the Government of Sergipe State, Brazil, and held in Aracaju City, from December 3 to 8, 2005.

The theme of the Summit, Investing in Development: Working the Millennium Development Goals at the Local Level and in the Family provided a very fertile ground for discussions on innovative ways to implement the Millennium Development Goals and adopt a Practical Plan of Action that can be easily executed at the Local Level, priorizing Family focused social public policies, with full participation of the community and the Family. Around the world, the great engagement of citizens, families and communities is becoming a feature of many governments and both public and private organizations.

Families are expecting to be involved and to have a say in the business of local governments and in the political decisions that affect their interests. The implementation of the Millennium Development Goals by the Local Authorities focusing public social policies and the actions recommended on the Family are renewing commitments to effective engagements of all sectors of society to deliver better results for families and communities.

In many different contexts and at local, state, regional, national and international levels there are public, private, NGOs and other community organizations engaging in ways that are making a difference and that are worth hearing about and learning from.

The Summit provided delegates with the opportunity to hear and share examples of contemporary practices, theories and policies from around the world, connected to the benefits of the implementations of the Millennium Development Goals at the Local Level. The program was designed to open dialogue and encourage the development and maintenance of productive relationships between all stakeholders.

  World Family Summit +2 - Jordan


The main purpose of the World Family Summit +2 is to continue the work initiated in Sanya, China in 2004, and to continue and evaluate the results from the WFS +1 held in Aracaju, Brazil, including the impact of the Plan of Action.

Besides that, the WFS +2 aims at promoting the Family’s contribution to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals following a multi-stakeholder approach, with the following objectives:

• To place family issues in definitive in the International Agenda.

• To increase awareness of family issues among National Governments, Local Authorities, NGOs and CSOs, Parliamentarians, Academia, Private Sector and Families.

• To strengthen the capacity of National and Local Institutions to identify, discuss, formulate, implement and monitor family-related policies.

• To enhance the effectiveness of local, national and regional efforts to carry out specifics family related programmes, generate new activities and strengthen existing ones.

• To stimulate public-private partnerships to respond to problems resulting of globalization, affecting and affected by, the situation of families.

• To improve collaboration among all actors of the Society, local, national and international organizations in support of families.

• To determine the appropriate means to implement concrete actions.

  World Family Summit +3 - Poland


The World Family Organization is proud to partner with the Polish Government, the Foundation "Communication Without Barriers" and the United Nations, through the Department of Economic and Social Affairs/NGO-Section/UN-NGO-Informal Regional Network and the UNAIDS - Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS to bring together the World Family Summit +3 on the theme Working Out of Poverty: Mobilizing for Action by building trust, bridges, capability and partnership.

Since our first gathering in 2004, in China, we have been diligently fulfilling the commitments registered at the Sanya Declaration, the Sergipe Practical Plan of Action 2006-2015 and the Dead Sea Declaration approved at the World Family Summits held in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Its time for the World Family Summit +3!

The theme once again present us many challenges to discuss, make conclusions and recommendations. We are already at the deadline mid-term to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and although some progress have been made, this progress is not equally distributed among communities, countries and regions.

We strongly believe that our mission to bring the actions to achieve the Millennium Development Goals to the Local Level and to the Family continues to be a cornerstone to sustainable development. The World Family Summit +3 will continue to provide an unparalleled opportunity for international, national, regional and local authorities, communities and families to be exposed and interact with some of the world’s innovators in the Family Perspectives field, and bring about the opportunity of your contribution to be heard and shared.

The World Family Organization and its partners are honored to invite you to participate, contribute and experience this unique initiative, in Warsaw City, the Capital of Poland, from November 26 to 29, 2007.

  World Family Summit +4 - Egypt


The World Family Organization has the honor to announce the World Family Summit +4! Encompassing the main theme of the 2009 High Level Segment of ECOSOC and its Annual Ministerial Review and the Development Cooperation Forum, and in the spirit of the World Family Summit +3, held in Poland, the main theme of the World Family Summit +4 is: Lives in the Balance - A Global Mobilization to the Achievement of the MDGs 4 and 5: Ensuring the Rights to survival, to protection and to development.

The discussions will approach different aspects involving maternal and child health care based on a family and community health systems, the legal aspects of social protection needed to ensure the survival and the economical aspects to guarantee the sustainable development of families and communities. The Warsaw Declaration is a powerful document which reflects the willingness of the World Family Summits participants along these last five years to mobilize a Global Partnership to ensure that Governments, NGOs, Academia, Parliamentarians, Media, Business Community, Civil Society and Families will respond to the different commitments made with concrete actions.

The task is complex and difficult, but not impossible. At the World Family Summit +4 we will be looking for a very strong response towards the commitments done on the World Family Summit +3 and in the Warsaw Declaration, involving First Ladies, Former First Ladies at National and Local Level, international personalities, multilateral and bilateral partners in favor of maternal, newborn and child care under a broad concept including health care, social protection and economic development.

The World Family Summit +4 will be held in Cairo, Egypt, on December 1 to 4, 2008, and organized in partnership with the United Nations ECOSOC Office for Support and Coordination, United Nations NGO Section, Ministry of Social Solidarity of Egypt, National Council for Childhood & Motherhood of Egypt, League of Arab States and the Egyptian Business Women Association.


World Family Summit +5 - Turkey



The World Family Summit +5, encompassing with the decision of the UN ECOSOC to work for the year 2010, the current global and national trends and challenges and their impact on gender equality and empowerment of women which refer us to the MDG 3, will discuss how countries, governments, politicians, judicial systems and civil society are approaching the issue.

A good picture of the past and a perspective for the future will be our great challenge to come up with a declaration that will reflect the reality of the twenty first century regarding Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

The efforts done by many women’s organizations and networks in the past two decades resulted in a global, national and local recognition of the contribution that women make to economic, social and societal development.

We all agree that reducing gender inequality and empowering the woman are very powerful tools to reduce poverty and achieve high levels of well-beings of families in all cultures and societies around the world.

Gender inequality is deeply rooted in entrenched attitudes, societal institutions and market forces, therefore, political commitments at the highest international and national levels, and especially, actions at the local level are essential. Political commitments can allow the adequate establishment of policies that can target social changes and to allocate the necessary resources to achieve Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.
Gender is social construct. It defines and differentiates the roles, rights, responsibilities and obligations of women and men. And those differences form the basis of social norms that defines behaviors for women and men and determine their social, economic and political power.

The World Family Summit +5 will have as its main guidelines the work done by the Millennium Project Task Force on Gender Equality – MDG 3 – focusing on the analysis, discussions, conclusions and recommendations about the goals and targets decided in the year 2000, the reality of the year 2009/2010, and especially, reflecting about the new “MDG 3 + approach”.

One very important topic for the World Family Organization and the participants of our Summits is to highlight the importance of Gender Equality and Empowerment of the women relating to the Family in all cultures.

Since the year 2004, when the first World Family Summit was accomplished, in Sanya – China, this annual event continues to be the biggest partnership towards making the present and the future world with more peace, security, justice, tolerance, solidarity, prosperity and integrated by mobilizing and promoting the basic cell of society – The Family – and a legacy to the future generation, through the engagement of all sectors of Society in a “Learning – Dialogue – Action” process.

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