World Family Summit 2016

“Families in Balance: Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity ensuring that no Family is left behind”

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The World Family Organization recognizes that the Millennium Development Goals helped to galvanize development efforts, improved the existence of many families, saved the lives of those threatened by extreme poverty, disease and hunger, reduced child and maternal mortality, improved the health of people with HIV/AIDs and other non-communicable diseases, decreased the number of children out of school, improved gender equality and participation of women, increased access to clean drinking water and sanitation, raised awareness on environmental issues and improved global partnerships for development.

Despite those achievements, we also recognized that many challenges still remain, progress in human development continue to be uneven, leaving many behind, therefore it was an urgent need to find new development pathways for transformative changes towards global, inclusive, people-centered and planet sensitive sustainable development to insure human dignity, equality, environmental stewardship, healthy economies, freedom for want and fear and a renewal global partnership.

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio +20 in 2012, initiated a consultative process with a wide range of stakeholders reaching a consensus that the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda has to be built on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, the four core dimensions of development which are inclusive social development, inclusive economic development, environmental sustainability, and peace and security as the three core principles which are human rights, equality and sustainability.

As the results of these wide consultations, the outcome document on Sustainable Development of Rio +20 ‘The future we want’ proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets which are directly or indirectly related to the Family. The World Family Organization with its members and partners could not be out of the discussions and out of the agenda set.

Acknowledging that the family – the basic unit of society – is a powerful agent for sustainable social, economic, environment and cultural development, including peace and security, bearing the primary responsibility for the care, development and protection of children, as well as instilling values of citizenship and belonging in the society, the World Family Summit +10 decided to support the SDGs proposals and included them in the next WFO Strategic Framework 2016-2020 to increase cooperation at all levels on family issues and for undertaking concerted actions to strengthen family-centered policies and programs as part of an integrated comprehensive approach to development.

The World Family Organization with its members and partners, managing the transition from the MDGs to the SDGs, are strongly committed to work efficiently to help families to understand and exercise the proposed goals in their everyday life contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

The 2016 World Family Summit – “Families in Balance: Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity ensuring that no Family is left behind”, is a beginning of a NEW ERA  which can transform how the future unfolds for the Families all over the world.


  1. Vision of the World Family Summit 2016

Start a new era, framing the approach to development into the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets, which calls for an integrated policy-action approach to ensure inclusive economic development, inclusive social development, environmental sustainability, peace and security that responds to the aspirations of all families for a world free of want and fear.

  1. Objectives of the World Family Summit 2016
  • Provide substantive information on the 2030 Global Sustainable Development Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets;
  • Discuss the positive impact of the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets on the Family;
  • Promote the integration of a family-focused perspective of the SDGs into policy-making and service-delivery at national and local levels;
  • Provide participants with expert analysis on means to include and implement family-focused policies and services contributing to eradicate poverty and promote prosperity, ensuring that no Family is left behind”.
  1. Expected Results of the World Family Summit 2016
  • Reach a consensus among participants on the benefits of supporting the inclusion and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets into family-focused public economic and social policies formulation at national, local and community levels;
  • Address the mechanisms and processes for an enhanced collaboration between governments and societies for the SDGs implementation;
  • Outline possible new collaboration models useful in providing partnerships schemes addressing the SDGs implementation to multi-sectors stakeholders;
  • Deliberate on the future of the World Family Summits in the coming decade;
  • Draft and approve conclusions and recommendations to the WORLD FAMILY SUMMIT 2016 DECLARATION to be sent to the 2017 UN ECOSOC HIGH LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM.

Keynotes and Presentations

Click here to download the Participant’s Handbook.

Click here to download the keynotes and presentations exposed during the WFS 2016 Plenary Sessions.