Every year, 1st June is celebrated as Global Parents Day. It is an international day for appreciating parents, offering children and parents an excellent chance to celebrate their precious and unique bond.
Since the 1980s, the international community has become increasingly aware of the family's important role. Several resolutions were passed by the General Assembly and the International Year and the International Family Day was proclaimed as well.
The Global Day of Parents celebrates that the family has the main duty for the nurturing and protection of children, emphasising the vital role of parents in child-rearing. Children should grow up in a family environment and an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding for the complete and harmonious development of their personality.
The 2012 Global Day of Parents, designated by the General Assembly, allows all parents to appreciate their "selfless engagement with children and a life-long sacrifice to foster this relationship."
The COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on families. Parents have the obligation of protecting their families, caring for out-of-school children, and completing their work obligations as the anchors of the family and the cornerstone of our communities and civilizations. Children's health, education, and emotional well-being are jeopardised without parental support. Companies and organisations will be better able to promote children's safety and well-being while also providing systematic support to employees by implementing family-friendly workplace policies and practices.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, a technical note from UNICEF, the International Labour Organization, and UN Women on family-friendly policies and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19 demonstrates the importance of supporting working families to reduce negative consequences for children.
Let us make a promise on the eve of World Parents Day to:
It inspires us to respect others and reminds us to do so.
It emphasises that caring for a family is a team effort.