DIFI Discusses ‘Family Sensitive Protection’ at the UN

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), a member of Qatar Foundation, recently held a panel discussion titled ‘Towards Family Sensitive Protection”, during 57th Session of the Commission for Social Development on February 14, 2019 at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York.

The event, which took place on Tuesday, February 14, was organized in collaboration with Mission of the State of Qatar to the UN, Division for Inclusive Social Development Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (UNESCWA), Berkeley Social Welfare, and the International council of Social Welfare.

H.E. Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, a followed by opening remarks from Dr. Sharifa Al-Emadi Executive Director, (DIFI). After the opening session the side event commenced by participations from Ms. Renata Kaczmarska Focal Point on the Family, Social Inclusion and Participation Branch, Division for Inclusive Social Development Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Mr. Neil Gilbert, Milton and Gertrude Chernin Professor of Social Welfare and Social Services, University of California, Berkeley, and Ms. Gisela Nauk Chief, Inclusive Social Development Section, UN ESCWA. The session was moderated by Dr. Anis Ben Brik Family Policy Director, Doha International Family Institute (DIFI).

DIFI’s side event aimed to provide a platform for a diverse set of stakeholders, including Governments, civil society, and United Nations entities to undertake a policy dialogue and to enable a better understanding of progress made and challenges faced by families, as well as to exchange experiences and lessons on new evidence and innovations in efforts targeted at families.

It discussed the measures Governments can take to strengthen the stability and vitality in family life over the life course and to support their formation, choice, interdependence and solidarity, which promote the vitality of family life and its capacity to perform the essential functions of procreation, socialization of the young, care for dependent members, mutual support and companionship, etc.

The event also examined how Governments can enhance the family’s capacity for nurturing, caring and socialization of children and facilitate intergenerational transfers that support adult children caring for elderly parents and grandparents in caring roles for their grandchildren. It also looked into the steps Member States can take to intensify efforts to promote a family sensitive social protection.

The event was concluded by the Oral Statement on Parenting presented by DIFI.

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