1 June of every year marks the Global Day of Parents.
The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 with resolution A/RES/66/292 and honours parents throughout the world.
The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.
Parents Day is particularly significant in Africa, where family ties are considered a nuclear part of life.
Most African communities are traditionally based on clannism, which then boils down further to family ties, where parental obligations are key.
Worldwide too, the important role of the family has increasingly come to the attention of the international community.
Since the 1980’s, the General Assembly has adopted a number of resolutions, also proclaiming the International Year of the Family and the International Day of Families.
Emphasizing the critical role of parents in the upbringing of children, the Global Day of Parents recognizes also that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children.
For the full and harmonious development of their personality, children should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.