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Extreme weather and families, Ban Ki-moon stressed governments

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On International Day of Families, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed governments, businesses and institutions to recognize that care-giving is an essential part of family life.

"Everyone needs care from family members at some point in their lives - and all should be able to provide that care when the need arises," said Ban.

UN Secretary-General noted that the rise of violent extremism, the effects of forced displacement, extreme weather events and other challenges are taking a heavy toll on the health and integrity of families in crisis situations.

"Governments must support the crucial role of families in all their diverse forms," said Ban. Extreme weather events are a big threat for families, destroying houses and electricity for days. Every year, weather related disasters like Sandy injure or kill hundreds of Americans and cause billions of dollars in losses.

Scientists say that climate change is now making some of the extreme weather events worse and that weather has an impact on fertility, safety and several issues.

In recent years some extreme weather events have been attributed to human-induced global warming, with studies indicating an increasing threat from extreme weather in the future.

“Children thrive when they receive love as well as health care, education and other basics,” Mr. Ban said. "During the sensitive time of adolescence, young people need emotional support along with reproductive health information and services"

“On this International Day of Families, let us resolve to advance sustainable development by creating a supportive environment where all family members of all ages can realize their potential to contribute to our world,” he concluded.

The International Day of Families is observed annually on May 15. The Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993, reflecting the importance the international community attaches to families.

 

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