The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) recently hosted a ‘Doha Briefing’ panel on the sidelines of the 57th Session of the Commission for Social Development. The event, which presented the ‘Civil Society Statement on Parenting’, was held this week at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York. 

The panel was in partnership with the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the UN, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), and the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) and was aimed to provide a platform for key stakeholders to undertake policy dialogue, enabling greater understanding of the progress made and the challenges faced by families, to exchange experiences and lessons learned concerning new evidence and innovations targeted at families.

The ‘Doha Briefing’ panel began with an introductory session delivered by the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the UN, HE Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani.

According to DIFI Executive Director Dr Sharifa Al Emadi, the ‘Civil Society Statement on Parenting’ originated from DIFI’s belief that parental education is the cornerstone for promoting the well-being of individuals, families, and communities – a view supported by scientific evidence.

DIFI’s last international conference, and the presentation of the ‘Civil Society Statement on Parenting’, in October 2018 served as an opportunity to highlight the importance of parental investment and parenting, and the development of policies, programmes, and interventions that support parents and promote positive practices.’

During the session, attendees explored the measures that governments can take to support parents and to enhance all family members’ capacity for nurturing and caring for children. The session also explored the inter-generational transfer of knowledge and traditions to support adult children in caring for elderly parents, as well as grandparents caring for their grandchildren.

Participants additionally discussed the steps that member states can take to support meaningful contributions of civil society organisations in the design, implementation, and monitoring of family policies and programmes, removing barriers to the establishment, work, and funding of non-governmental organisations.

DIFI is a global policy and advocacy institute working to advance knowledge on Arab families through research, and promote evidence-based polices at a national, regional and international level. The institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

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