Here you will find UNICEF publications and policy documents related to various aspects of family environment and their relations to the well-being of the child, from pre-natal through adolescence. Also included are materials that discuss the work of UNICEF with children that are growing up outside of a family environment. Finally, background documents on the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Family can also be found here.
Materials on these pages are helpful for policy analysts and practitioners working in partnership with families so that families have access to all the necessary resources for protecting and fulfilling the rights of their children.
Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family (IYF)
The Challenges to Families with Children and the UNICEF Action Plan for 2004. The background paper for the oral report is included in the linked file. [PDF]
Preparation for and observance of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Family (2004). Report of the Secretary-General. The launching of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Family took place at United Nations Headquarters on 4 December 2003. This report of the Secretary-General was released on 23 July 2004. [Link to IE page]
Message of the Secretary-General on the International Day of Families
On 15 May 2004, the tenth anniversary celebration of the International Day of Families was observed. This annual observance reflects the importance, which the international community attaches to families as basic units of society as well as its concern regarding their situation around the world. The Message of the Secretary-General on the International Day of Families was distributed worldwide. [PDF]
United Nations Consultative Meeting on Mainstreaming the Family Issue
The United Nations Consultative Meeting on Mainstreaming the Family Issue was held from 10-12 December 2003. It was organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. [PDF]
Egypt: Impact Assessment Evaluation of the Family Development Fund Program
Part 1 [PDF]
Part 2 [PDF]
Jordan: Evaluation of the Better Parenting Project
UNICEF Jordan started The Better Parenting Project (BPP) in 1996. BPP was implemented in the context of UNICEF's international policy guidelines for Early Child Care for Survival, Growth and Development. In addition, the Jordan Country Office integrated BPP in the Community Empowerment programme.
Philippines: Evaluation of Parent Effectiveness Service
The Parent Effectiveness Service (PES) was conceptualized since parent education is recognized as an important component of early childhood development. PES is the development and expansion of knowledge, skills and appropriate attitudes on parenting. It consists of three modules, with 13 topics focused on early childhood care and development, health care, behavior management, parenting rights and duties, and husband-wife relationship. This research explores the value of the Parent Effectiveness Service as a social welfare strategy aimed at developing families.
Part 1 [PDF]
Part 2 [PDF]
Part 3 [PDF]
Romania: UNICEF'S Family Education Programme
Plan of Action on the Family in Africa
Recently endorsed by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, the Plan of Action on the Family in Afica is linked below.
Major Trends Affecting the Family
This study published by the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development in 2003, reflects the need to generate sound knowledge, data and research on the situation and needs of families worldwide. The Major Trends Affecting Families are identified as: Changes in family structure (smaller size households, delayed marriage and childbearing, increases in divorce rates and single-parenthood), the rise of migration, the issue of demographic ageing, the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the impact of globalization on families. This study covers qualitative and quantitative information as well as analysis in all geographic regions of the world. [PDF]