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Empowering Families: A Pathway to Development

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) a member of Qatar Foundation, is organizing a conference on “Empowering Families :A Pathway to Development ’’ to be held on the 16th and 17th April 2014 in Doha /Qatar, as part of the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, 2014.

The conference is taking place in response to several United Nations’ General Assembly and Economic and Social Council resolutions on the follow-up to the International Year of the Family (IYF), 1994.

The member states of the United Nations proclaimed 1994 as the International Year of the Family, recognizing the role and the contributions made by families in the overall development. The objectives of the year and its follow up process and observances seek to stimulate efforts at levels to benefit families. In this regard the upcoming 20th anniversary offers another opportunity to refocus on the role of families in development and take stock of the challenges faced by them and recommend the way forward.

The resolution of the United Nations’ General Assembly A/Res/67/142 as well as the recent ECOSOC resolution on ‘’the preparations and observance of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the family ‘’ encouraged member States, regional organizations, NGOs and academic institutions to support as appropriate the preparations of regional meeting in observance of the 20th anniversary of the IYF.

Furthermore The United Nations General Assembly and ECOSOC trough the Commission on Social Development encouraged governments to make every possible effort to integrate a family perspective into national policy making.

The 2014 Doha conference is nongovernmental gathering and will constitute a global platform for discussion and debate where policymakers, NGOs, experts, academics and other relevant stakeholders from all around the world will share their views and experiences regarding the centrality of the family and its role in the society. It will stress on the need to strengthen and empower the family as institution to cope with the challenges in this time of economic crisis and political turmoil. It will also provide an opportunity to highlight the important role of the family as an active agent in overall development.

During two days, the conference will touch upon the significance and the vitality of the families for healthy societies. In this context, gains and losses of the family institution in the process of modernization across different regions will be examined using multiple lenses, the identification of further actions, including the incorporation of effective family policies into national development strategies and the use of research related to family issues.

The 2014 Doha conference will be a forward looking gathering that provides guidance and recommendations to institutions at all levels and will seek to influence family policies with evidence based research.

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