• Social Affairs
  • Department of Family & Childhood
Missions - Targets
  • ​The Family Department is tasked with:

    Initiating projects and programmes that support the role of the family and working with the concerned authorities in the Member States to implement them.

    Developing national and regional indicators for the family and building a detailed database based on gender.

    Supporting national and regional activities for the advancement of the Arab family.

    Coordinating with Member States to follow up on the implementation of the goals of the Arab Strategy for the Family.

    Implementing the goals and recommendations of the technical secretariat of the Arab Family Committee through the Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs.

    Following up on the implementation of the Platform for Action for the Family in the Arab Region within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    Organising conferences, seminars, panel discussions and training programmes that use an integrated approach to support families.

    Participation in relevant Arab and international events, as well as collaboration and coordination with governmental and non-governmental organisations concerned with family affairs in Arab countries.

    Collaboration and coordination with relevant entities in member countries to ensure the rights of seniors in terms of care, social, economic, and cultural aspects.

    Active participation with Arab countries in designing programmes meant to create appropriate legislation to empower seniors, integrate them into society, and benefit from their experiences.


    The Childhood Department is tasked with:

    The Technical Secretariat of the Arab Childhood Committee, as well as the committees overseeing the monitoring of violence against children and the advisory committee for children's rights, were among the responsibilities undertaken. Final reports from these committees were submitted to the relevant ministerial council.

    Drafting policies, developing plans and programmes that contribute to the achievement of goals outlined in the Arab and international agreements and charters related to childhood were also a crucial aspect of the work.

    Monitoring the implementation of decisions issued by the League Council, as well as specialised ministerial councils related to childhood, in addition to monitoring the implementation of recommendations issued by the Arab Childhood Committee and its sub-committees were prioritised.

    Encouraging member countries to ratify international agreements, treaties, and charters related to children's rights, as well as monitoring the implementation of provisions and objectives outlined in Arab and international declarations, plans, and agreements were also key responsibilities.

    Monitoring issues related to protecting children, granting them their rights, and combating all forms of violence against them, as well as protecting refugee and displaced children, were primary responsibilities.

    Issuing the "Arab Comparative Report on the Implementation of the UN Secretary-General's Study on Violence against Children" periodically was also a key task.

    Tracking the implementation of the "Investing in Childhood Development Agenda in the Arab Region 2030" and its corresponding implementation plan, within the framework of the United Nations 2030 Development Agenda, was also a crucial aspect of the work.

    Monitoring children's rights issues at both regional and international levels, as well as keeping abreast of international developments related to childhood issues, and taking the necessary measures at the Arab regional level to keep pace with them, in addition to unifying and coordinating Arab efforts towards these issues in international forums were also among the responsibilities.

    Enhancing cooperation and supporting coordination mechanisms with Arab and international organisations, as well as civil society institutions, regarding childhood affairs, were key objectives.

    Organising and hosting conferences, seminars, workshops, training courses, and annual meetings, as well as participating in relevant Arab and international events related to childhood issues, were also important tasks.

    Developing and issuing periodic reports on the state of childhood, the entities responsible for children, conducting theoretical, applied, and field studies and research on childhood issues were also prioritised.

    Proposing regulations, systems, and measures to help develop social work in the field of childhood and enforce children's rights in various domains were also crucial responsibilities.

    Establishing a comprehensive database on Arab childhood and documenting successful Arab experiences and projects in enforcing children's rights and combating all forms of violence against them was a significant objective.

    Efforts to harmonise laws and regulations related to children's rights in the Arab world with international standards in this area were also prioritised.


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