Diversity and Inclusion

The MPA celebrates International Day of Families | 15 May

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Theme: ‘Families & Climate Change’

The International Day of Families is a day to celebrate the importance of families and promote awareness of family-related issues globally.
The first International Day of Families was on 15 May 1994 and we continue to celebrate it to this day. Each year the UN organises workshops and events to celebrate the chosen theme.. The rationale for the establishment of this day was to respond to the turbulent times many families were facing in a rapidly changing modern and globalised environment.

This year the theme will focus on ‘Families & Climate Change: International Year of the Family + 30’. It aims to raise awareness of how climate change impacts families and highlights the crucial role the family can play in navigating the challenges posed by ever-changing climate. It has been 30 years since the first International Day for families. It has emphasised the importance of family bonds in fostering sustainable development and societal well-being. Now, the focus is on climate change and this theme takes renewed urgency.

Families serve as the foundation for society, yet no family is perfect. Every family should strive to help each other meet their mental, emotional and physical needs. However, climate change can negatively impact our family’s health, pollution, extreme weather, displacement or disruption to agriculture.
Through these challenges families also represent a source of hope and resilience. Families can adapt and support to the changing environmental conditions, mitigate their carbon footprint and advocate for better policies around the environment that safeguard our planet, not only for the present but also for future generations. We can do this through education and empowering families to change their habits of consumption and instilling sustainable habits and climate awareness.

We celebrate the strength and resilience of families all over the world. Recognising the countless everyday actions, whether that is reducing waste, embracing renewable energy, teaching children about environmental stewardship – contributing to a more sustainable future.
Let us also acknowledge the importance of intergenerational solidarity in the fight against climate change. Families can harness the wisdom of older generations and the energy of the youth to effect meaningful change, bridging the gap between generations.

Mandy Feighery
D&I Officer

Resources
International Day of Families | United Nations
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILY — INTERNATIONAL DAYS

For more information or if you would like to join the MPA Family Employee Network Group or the GenerationMIX Employee Network group, please contact:

Helen Choudhury
Head of Diversity, Equality and Inclusivity
[email protected]

Mandy Feighery
D&I Officer
[email protected]

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