The family is still universally considered as the basic unit of society. It is considered a powerful bonding. The International Day of Families, which is celebrated every year on May 15, was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 47/237 of September 20, 1993, with the aim of increasing the degree of raising awareness about issues related to the family and fostering family ties.
The annual celebration of the International Day of Families reflects the importance that the international community places on the family as the basic unit of the society, as well as their concern for the situation of families around the world.
However, this process is not the same in a family of developed countries, than in the lease developed countries. The reality is totally different there. In the less developed countries, the families suffer from more poverty and unfortunately are forced to move frequently due to wars or sometimes are ruined by diseases such as AIDS.
However, this does not mean that in developed countries families do not have problems, only that they are different. The needs they face are more emotional than economic. The family is one of the social groups that require special attention.
The International Day of Families offers the opportunity to raise awareness about issues that affect the family as the basic unit of society, as well as to promote the adoption of appropriate measures. The Day can become a powerful mobilizing factor in favour of the family in all the countries that take advantage of this occasion to demonstrate their support to the issues that concern it in the most suitable way for each society. The celebration of the International Day of Families is also a valuable occasion for families to show their solidarity in order to improve their well-being.
Governments, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, religious groups, and individuals can promote a better understanding of the functions and problems, the strengths, and weaknesses of families, by organizing the celebration of the International Day of Families. Likewise, the day offers the opportunity to deepen the knowledge of the economic, cultural, social, and demographic processes that affect the family.
Every year, internationally, different programs related to this subject are organized, including numerous national initiatives.