Started by United Nations General Assembly in 1993, May 15 annually is celebrated as International Day of Families (IDF). The Day reflects importance the international community attaches to families and their role in development. The 2019 observance focuses on families, family policies and major SDG13 targets, according to the United Nations. IDF raises awareness about the "social, economic and demographic processes affecting families." They also aim at integrating climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.
The main event of the International Day of Families will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Tweeting about the significance of the day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote, “Today is International Day of Families. We live in such times when family values have assumed great significance. I always say that Maa, Mati, Manush are my family. We are committed to the welfare of every member of the family - from a newborn baby to an elderly grandparent (sic).”
According to the United Nation website, the 2019 observance focuses on families, family policies and major SDG 13 targets:
SDG 13 target 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
SDG 13 target 13.2: integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning