Confédération des organisations familiales d'Union européenne (COFACE)

Confederation of Family Organizations in the European Union
Bund der Familienorganisationen der Europäischen Union
Confederazione delle Organizzazioni Familiari della Unione Europea
Confederatie van Gezinsorganisaties in de Europese Unie

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Founded 1958, Brussels (Belgium), as European Action Committee of the IUFO -- Comité d'action européenne de l'UIOF, a branch of World Family Organization (WFO). Became more autonomous and set itself up as an independent organization in 1968 with the title Committee of Family Organizations in the European Community -- Comité des organisations familiales auprès des Communautés européennes. In 1979, became legally constituted with emphasis on autonomous and democratic structure, adopting the title Confederation of Family Organizations in the European Community -- Confédération des organisations familiales de la Communauté européenne, but retaining privileged contacts with IUFO, particularly its European region. Registered in accordance with Belgian law, 13 Nov 1980.


Build a Europe more broadly based and permanent than simply a common market; represent both families and children who cannot speak for themselves; safeguard and promote interests of families within the European Union, such that each household is free to choose the way it wants to live; promote an EU family policy to provide the social, economic and cultural environment within which families may carry out their human and social responsibilities.

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Projects/programmes; research/documentation; knowledge management/information dissemination; events/meetings.


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English, French.


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United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 16 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 23 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being



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