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Mission Statement

The primary activities of the Focal Point on the Family are to:  

BULLET provide substantive servicing in the areas of family and family policy to United Nations intergovernmental bodies, particularly the General Assembly, Commission for Social Development and the Economic and Social Council;

BULLET promote the realization of the objectives of the International Year of the Family;

BULLET promote the integration of a family perspective into policy-making at the national, regional and international levels;

BULLET exchange expertise and experiences, disseminate information and support networking on family issues;

BULLET support family research and diagnostic studies;

BULLET encourage and support coordination on family policies and programmes within national governments and within the United Nations system;

BULLET provide technical assistance and capacity-building support to developing country Governments, at their request, in the area of the family; and

BULLET liaise and dialogue with Governments, civil society and the private sector on family issues.