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Major Family-Related UN Documents, including Reservations

Key Family Provisons 

  • Universal Declaration, Article 16-3: "The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State."
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  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Article 10-1: "The widest possible protection and assistance should be accorded to the family, which is the natural and fundamental group unit of society. . . ."
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  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 23-1: "The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State."
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  • Convention on the Rights of the Child, Preamble (sixth paragraph):"Convinced that the family, as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children, should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so that it can fully assume its responsibilities within the community…"
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  • Children Summit, 14: "The family, as a fundamental group and natural environment for the growth and wellbeing of children, should be given all necessary protection and assistance."
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  • International Conference on Population and Development, Principle 9: "The family is the basic unit of society and as such should be strengthened. It is entitled to receive comprehensive protection and support."
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  • International Conference on Population and Development, 5.1: "[T]he family is the basic unit of society and as such is entitled to receive comprehensive protection and support.”
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  • Social Summit Declaration, 26-h: "Recognize the family as the basic unit of society, and acknowledge that it plays a key role in social development and as such should be strengthened, with attention to the rights, capabilities and responsibilities of its members…. It is entitled to receive comprehensive protection and support."
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  • Social Summit, 80: "The family is the basic unit of society and as such should be strengthened. It is entitled to receive comprehensive protection and support."
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  • Beijing Plan of Action, 29: "The family is the basic unit of society and as such should be strengthened. It is entitled to receive comprehensive protection and support."
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  • Habitat Agenda, 31: "The family is the basic unit of society and as such should be strengthened. It is entitled to receive comprehensive protection and support."
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  • Social Summit +5, 25: "There has been continued recognition that the family is the basic unit of society and that it plays a key role in social development and is a strong force of social cohesion and integration."
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  • Social Summit +5, 56: "Recognize that the family is the basic unit of society and that it plays a key role in social development and is a strong force of social cohesion and integration."
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  • Beijing +5, 60: "The family is the basic unit of society and is a strong force for social cohesion and integration and as such should be strengthened."
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  • Istanbul +5, 30: "Reaffirm that the family is the basic unit of society and as such should be strengthened. It is entitled to receive comprehensive protection and support."
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  • Children Summit +10, 15: “The family is the basic unit of society and as such should be strengthened. It is entitled to receive comprehensive protection and support.”

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    UN Documents
            
    Conventions and Treaties
       
         

    International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966)

    Declarations and Reservations

       

    Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979)

    Declarations and Reservations

          

    Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)

    Declarations and Reservations

        

    Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (1998)

       

    Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006)

    Declarations and Reservations

      

       

    Other Major Documents (non-binding)

      

    Geneva Declaration of the Rights of the Child (League of Nations, 1924)

          

    Charter of the United Nations (1945)

       

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

    Translations

    Information

    NOTE: For an analysis of the legal effect of UDHR, see The Universal Declaration and Developments in the Enforcement of International Human Rights in Domestic Law, by Michael Van Alstine

       

    Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959)

         

    World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children (1990)

         

    Plan of Action for Implementing the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children in the 1990s (1990)

        

    Conference on Environment and Development, Agenda 21, Rio (1992)

       

    Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (1993)

       

    International Conference on Population and Development, including declarations and reservations, Cairo (1994) 

        

    Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing (1995)

    Declarations and Reservations

       

    World Summit for Social Development, Copenhagen (1995)

    Declarations and Reservations

       

    United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, Istanbul (1996)

      

    ICPD+5: Key Actions for Further Implementation..., New York (1999)

      

    Beijing+5: Further Actions and Initiatives..., New York (2000) 

    Declarations and Reservations