Participant’s Handbook now available

The official Participant’s Handbook containing the Program and all the information regarding the World Family Summit 2019 is now available for download:

Provisional Program now Available

The Provisional Program for the World Family Summit 2017 is now available for download. The Final Program will be available on November 20th, 2017.

Click here for the Provisional Program.

World Family Summit 2017 – Participant’s registration now open

The World Family Organization, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research – UNITAR and the CIFAL Global Network, in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development, the UN ECOSOC Office for Support and Coordination and the United Nations NGO Branch will hold the World Family Summit 2017 in Geneva on December 14 and 15  working on the theme:

“No Family Left Behind: Families and Local Authorities working together to transform cities and human settlements into inclusive, safe, resilient, sustainable with strong communities”

The registration for participants is now open (click here to download the registration form), the deadline is November 20th, 2017.

The Official Program and Background Papers will be available soon.

Updated! – WFS 2016 Program and Background Papers

The World Family Summit 2016 updated Provisional Program and the Background Papers are already available for download.

If you wish to submit a paper to be presented during the Success Stories Panel, please check the Guidelines and deadlines.



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AFPPD Supports Parliamentarians in Kyrgyzstan to Take Action for Women and Young People

Issyk-Kul, September 1 2016 – On 2-3 September 2016, the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) will hold a workshop on “Legislating for the Full Achievement of the SDGs/ICPD Goals and Targets’’ in Issyk- Kul, Kyrgyzstan. The National Committee of Kyrgyzstan on Population and Development (NCKPD), the AFPPD member in the country, will host the workshop. Attendees will include the Vice Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, members of parliament, Kyrgyz Government officials, and representatives from CSOs and UN agencies.

Gender action plans have been adopted, and the legislation on prevention of Gender-Based Violence has been passed. Additionally, the Parliament has set a 30% quota for women. Violence against women in the form of domestic violence, bride kidnapping, trafficking and early marriage remainsrampant with relative impunity.

The workshop will present and discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and national priorities for Kyrgyzstan, focusing on transparency and

accountability as one of the 17 SDGs as well as the means to achieve them. The workshop will also share international good practices on policies related to population, gender, reproductive health, family planning and youth issues. At the conclusion of the workshop, the NCKPD will adopt recommendations for further actions in order to overcome legislative and implementation barriers for the well-being of all women and young people in Kyrgyzstan.

World Family Summit 2015 – Declaration

The World Family Summit 2015 Declaration, approved in Cairo, Egypt, is now an official UN Document, available and translated into English, French and Spanish in the links below:



CSW60 – 2016

The sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will attend the session.

See CSW60 Brochure
Download: [ Arabic | English | French | Spanish ]


Priority theme: 
Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development

Review theme:
The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls (agreed conclusions from the fifty-seventh session)


Multi-Stakeholders Forum
On 21 January 2016, UN Women will convene a forum to engage a range of stakeholders in the preparations for CSW60 at UN Headquarters in New York.

Expert Group Meeting
In preparation for the sixtieth session, UN Women convened an expert group meeting (EGM) on “Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development” from 2 to 4 November 2015 in New York.


Official Documents

Side events

The programme of side events, or activities organized outside the formal programme of the session of the Commission, provides an excellent opportunity for Member States, UN entities and NGOs to discuss themes of the Commission and other critical gender equality issues.

From MDGs to SDGs, WHO launches new report

 WHO today launched a new comprehensive analysis of global health trends since 2000 and an assessment of the challenges for the next 15 years.

“Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs” identifies the key drivers of progress in health under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It lays out actions that countries and the international community should prioritize to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which come into effect on 1 January 2016.

The 17 SDGs are broader and more ambitious than the MDGs, presenting an agenda that is relevant to all people in all countries to ensure that “no one is left behind.” The new agenda requires that all 3 dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – are addressed in an integrated manner.

Universal health coverage to achieve health related goals

Almost all the SDGs are directly related to health or will contribute to health indirectly. One goal (SDG3) specifically sets out to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” Its 13 targets build on progress made on the MDGs and reflect a new focus on noncommunicable diseases and the achievement of universal health coverage.

“Universal health coverage cuts across all of the health-related goals,” says Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General of Health Systems and Innovation at WHO. “It is the linchpin of development in health and reflects the SDGs strong focus on equity and reaching the poorest, most disadvantaged people everywhere.”

Although the health MDGs missed a number of global targets, the overall results were impressive. The past 15 years witnessed major declines in child and maternal mortality and progress in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria in developing countries.

Key ingredients for success included a doubling in global funding for health, the creation of new funding mechanisms and partnerships, and the critical role of civil society in tackling diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Research investments led to the scale-up in all countries of new interventions such as antiretroviral therapy for HIV treatment and insecticide-treated bednets to prevent malaria.

Health and the SDGs

The WHO report presents the latest data and in-depth analysis for the key areas outlined in the health SDGs:

  • reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health;
  • infectious diseases including HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis and neglected tropical diseases;
  • noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, cancer and diabetes;
  • mental health and substance use including narcotics and harmful use of alcohol;
  • injuries and violence; and
  • universal health coverage.

“Snapshots” on 34 different health topics outline trends, achievements made, reasons for success, challenges and strategic priorities for improving health in the different areas. These “snapshots” range from air pollution to hepatitis to road traffic injuries.

In this report, WHO also explores how health contributes to and benefits from the other 16 SDGs and examines the implications of emerging issues such as technological and environmental change on global health.

WHO’s work aligned with SDG health targets

The SDG health-related targets closely reflect the main priorities in WHO’s programme of work for 2014-2019; many of these targets have already been agreed by Member States in the World Health Assembly. For example, the global voluntary targets for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases set in 2013 are closely linked to SDG Target 3.4, to reduce premature NCD mortality by one third by 2030. The WHO governing bodies will have a critical role in follow-up and review of implementation of the health-related SDGs.

“One of the biggest challenges will be measuring progress across a staggering number of targets, particularly with the lack of health data in developing countries,” says Dr Kieny. The SDG monitoring requires regular, high-quality data, for example on the causes of death, from all population groups so that we know where we need to target resources.”

WHO is working with partners to establish a Health Data Collaborative in early 2016 that aims to support countries to build better health data systems. An early product of this global collaboration is the “WHO Global Reference List of 100 Core Indicators”, published earlier this year, which is already being used to guide work in many countries.

“As the global agency with the mandate to cover the whole health agenda, WHO will take a leading role in supporting countries to set their own national targets and strategies, advising on best-buy interventions, defining research priorities and monitoring progress in achieving the health-related SDGs,” says Dr Kieny.

In 2016, WHO will publish the first in a series of annual reports on the SDGs to set the baseline and measure progress towards achieving the goals over the next 15 years.

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