The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), a member of Qatar Foundation, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations (UN), held its Doha Briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York recently, focused on familes supporting the implementation of sustainable development goals. 

It was attended by diplomats, UN officials, and NGO representatives participating in the 56th session of the Commission on Social Development, taking place from 29 January until 7 February.

The objectives of the briefing were to present the findings of DIFI’s International Expert Group Meeting (EGM) held in Doha November last year on ‘Integrating a Family Perspective during the localisation of SDGs in the Arab World: Challenges and Aspirations’, in collaboration with the UN Population Fund.

It also explored the relevance of the EGM findings and recommendations to NGOs working at the regional and international level. The EGM aimed to highlight the value of investing in family policies that focus on youth and why this is important in the Arab world.

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

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