Protection of the family: contribution of the family to the realization of the right to an adequate standard of living for its members


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Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

The report is divided into five sections. After a brief introduction in section I, section II describes the evolution of the existing international consensus regarding the role of the family in sustainable development, including poverty reduction policies.

Section III gives an overview of international human rights standards as they pertain to family life, outlining the elements of a human rights-based approach to family policies.

Section IV provides concrete examples of measures taken by State in implementing their international obligations regarding the protection of the family.

The last section puts forwards conclusions and recommendations.


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