ideal of "a family" is one of the most basic models
of what a better world can be like. In a perfect family, the
members are joined by bonds of love; they help each other meet
all of their physical and emotional needs. Of course no family
is perfect, but a family that strives together to become a "family
for a better world" can help each member to feel more fulfilled
and better about themselves and the world. They also provide
a real-life example of how the human family can work together
to create a better world.
The first step to becoming a "Better World Family"
is to decide to become one. It will be an ongoing learning experience
with lots of mistakes. You'll need all of the tools you've learned
as peacebuilders. You might decide to set a regular time to
discuss and work out family problems and issues. You'll want
to make sure that you show your concern and encouragement for
each other, regularly. You'll need to let things go and apologize
and accept apologies and make amends when apologies aren't enough.
You're a team and you want to work it out. You may decide to
work together on projects for a better world as a way to strengthen
1993, the United Nations General Assembly decided that 15 May
of every year should be observed as the International Day of
Families (resolution 47/237 of 20 September). In 1989, by resolution
44/82, the Assembly had proclaimed 1994 the International Year
of the Family, to increase awareness of family issues and improve
the capability of nations to tackle family-related problems
with comprehensive policies.
the United States, Family Day is also observed on September
26 by Presidential Proclamation.