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Live from the UN: Families and inclusive societies in Africa

15 May 2018
18:00 - 19:30

Venue:    Live webcast from the UN in New York
Date:      15 May 2018
Time:      18:15 hours- 19:30 hours South African Time

The HSRC’s Professor Monde Makiwane will be participating at the UN’s International Day of Families on 15 May 2018.

He will be speaking specifically on a topic titled “Families and inclusive societies in Africa”. The discussion will be webcast live from the site on 15 May 2018 at 1:15-2.30 New York time (18:15 hours-19:30 hours South African time).


You are cordially invited to the events commemorating the 2018 International Day of Families.

The official observance Families and Inclusive Societies will take place 15 May 2018 at 1:15–2:30 at UNHQ in New York in conference room 6.

The event Fostering Family-Friendly Cities, organised by the NY NGO Committee on the Family will be held 15 May, 3-4:30 at the Church Centre.
SDGs and Families. Results of the Global Research Project event organised by IFFD in cooperation with SOS Children’s Villages, UNICEF & DSPD/DESA will be held on 16 May, 1:15-2:30 in Confrence room 6 at UNHQ.

The events held at the UN will be webcast live and archived on the UN website

Below please find more information.

The events are open to the public. If you need a pass to enter UN premises please let me know by 9 May.

You are welcome to share this info with your contacts.

Families and Inclusive Societies

Panel discussion organized by the Division for Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, DSPD/DESA
Tuesday, 15 May, 1:15-2:30 PM, United Nations Headquarters.


Opening remarks: Daniela Bas
Director, Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Moderator: Yan Ruth Xia
Professor, Child, Youth and Family Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Keynote address:
Bahira Sherif Trask
Professor and Chair, Human Development & Family Sciences, University of Delaware
“Families and family policies for inclusive societies: focus on SDG16”
Monde Makiwane
Professor, Human Science Research Council, South Africa
“Families and inclusive societies in Africa”
Shanthi Thambiah
Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya
“Family policies for social inclusion in Asia with a gender perspective”
Maria Amparo Cruz-Saco
Professor of Economics, Connecticut College
“Indigenous families and social inclusion in Latin America”

More information available at:

Fostering Family-Friendly Cities
Tuesday, 15 May, 3-4:30 pm, Church Centre (across from the UN)
Proposed Speakers
•    Liora Danan New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
•    Dr. Timothy Nelson, Princeton University
•    Dr. Kathryn Edin, Johns Hopkins University

For more information please contact Mr. Ryan Koch at

SDGs and Families. Results of the Global Research Project
Wednesday, 16 May, 1:15-2:30, UNHQ, Conference room 6
For more information please contact Mr. Alex Vazquez at