Friday’s Daily Brief: solidarity with Japan, call for DR Congo support, family-friendly workplaces, hottest June ever, Venezuela and Afghanistan updates

In today’s Daily Brief: UN stands in solidarity with Japan; avoid panic over DR Congo Ebola emergency; ‘transformative shift’ needed towards family-friendly work policies; hottest June EVER; Venezuelan migrant dangers; stop targeting Afghanistan civilians call.

Work-family balance benefits families and society at large, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the need for work-family balance for the benefit of families and society at large, adding that while flexible working arrangements are becoming more widely available, there is much room for improvement.

UN agency urges Group of Eight nations to address population issues

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today called on the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations to prioritize population issues in its discussions of climate change and food security.

UN marks International Family Day with calls to rise to the challenge of change

The United Nations today marked the International Day of Families with calls to adapt to the profound social changes taking place and appeals to discourage child marriage and promote secondary education and gender equality.

Bangladeshi doctor, Haitian family planning provider win UN Population Award

A pioneering family planning doctor from Bangladesh and a major reproductive health foundation in Haiti have won this year’s United Nations Population Award, the lead agency on the issue (UNFPA) announced today.

Governments, UN should continue to support International Year of the Family

To keep up the momentum generated following the United Nations celebration last year of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended that the General Assembly encourage governments and UN agencies to continue to integrate family-centered policies that recognize the crucial role of families as the basic unit of society.

Amidst great changes families remain resilient but need help, Annan says

Families are resilient to far-reaching changes in their size and structure of families, but governments must do their part to protect society's smallest unit, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today at the General Assembly session marking the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Family.

UN launches 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Family

The 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Family was launched at United Nations headquarters today with a message from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a high-level seminar on the family and an exhibit by several non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Annan marks International Day of Families with call for more resources

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on world leaders today to provide the resources necessary for putting families closer to the centre of public policy in the effort to solve social welfare issues ranging from ageing and migration to fighting AIDS.

UN population conference grapples with poverty, HIV/AIDS, family planning

Government ministers from more than 40 countries in the Asia and Pacific region convened in Bangkok today at a United Nations-backed meeting aimed at hammering out recommendations for action on population issues and poverty eradication.