World Family Organization (WFO)

Organisation mondiale de la famille (OMF)

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June 1947, Paris (France), as International Union of Family Organizations (IUFO) -- Union internationale des organismes familiaux (UIOF) -- Unión Internacional de Organismos Familiares -- Internationale Union der Familienverbände -- Unione Internazionale degli Organismi Familiari -- Internationale Unie van Gezinsorganisaties. First Constitution adopted by General Assembly by 20 nations, 3 July 1948, Geneva (Switzerland); amended 6 Dec 1985, Delhi (India), 19-20 Sep 1993, Cairo (Egypt), 25-26 Nov 1998, Vienna (Austria) and 8 Dec 2006, at the Dead Sea (Jordan). Registered in accordance with French law.


Represent families of the world at all levels; defend their interests; act with them and for them vis-à-vis governments and the international community; in cooperation with specialized agencies where necessary, promote policies for improvement of housing, health, sanitation, nutrition, education, recreation, work conditions, welfare systems, social protection and benefits, family relationships and environmental issues affecting families; in cooperation with members, experts and advisory groups, promote scientific studies concerning family structures, concepts and terminology.

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With respect to the United Nations and the consultative process, acts as the link between both the aspirations and achievements of the families and the work done for them at the level of the UN; acts as the promoter and organizer on international efforts among governmental, non-governmental organizations as well as the private sector in increasing awareness of family issues and policy formulation; promotes and/or sponsors conferences, seminars, international, regional, national and local meetings and training to discuss major family concerns; establishes and maintains collaboration with the UN, specialized agencies, professional groups and other organizations as well as other governmental and non-governmental family institutions administration, as may be deemed appropriate. Work carried out through Technical Commissions (13): Condition of the Woman; Economic; Education; Family Action among the Working Class; Family Income and Social Security; Family Life and Population; Family Policies and the Role of Public Authorities; Family Rights; Health and Nutrition; Family Housing and the Environment; International Commission on Couple and Family Relations (ICCFR); Rural Families; Youth. Leading in 2004, in partnership with the UN and the UN System, the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Family. Instrumental in setting up Confederation of Family Organizations in the European Union (COFACE).


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (General); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Consultative Status); International Labour Organization (ILO) (Special List); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 18 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 19 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 134 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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