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Family FirstHistoric World Family Declaration is Online
and Available for Electronic Signature




The World Family Declaration, an initiative of the World Congress of Families (WCF) and endorsed by Family First Foundation (FFF) and other pro-family organizations across the globe, is now online at and available for electronic signature.


"Never before has there been a universal banner uniting all peoples to rally in protection of the natural family, which has never needed protection as urgently as now," stated Doug Clark, WCF’s Director of UN Affairs and FFF’s Executive Director of International Relations. "We have created the World Family Declaration to address that need and be that banner."


Opening with the words "We the people of many lands and cultures," the Declaration is grounded in Article 16(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, "The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State."


That language is echoed in 111 national constitutions, many of which repeat it verbatim while others describe the family in such varied terms as the "natural and moral foundation of the human community" (Niger) or "foundation of the nation" (Philippines), or as society’s "cornerstone" (Greece), "fundamental pillar" (Afghanistan), "basic institution" (Colombia), or "fundamental nucleus" (Chile).


The Declaration further acknowledges that “the family, a universal community based on the marital union of a man and a woman, is the bedrock of society, the strength of our nations, and the hope of humanity. As the ultimate foundation of every civilization known to history, the family is the proven bulwark of liberty and the key to development, prosperity, and peace.”


Speaking at the recent launch of the World Family Declaration at the ONE UN New York, WCF’s International Secretary Allan Carlson observed, "I applaud those nations which have placed language about protection of the natural family in their constitutions. Endnote #3 of this Declaration provides a solid review of these provisions. Even if and when the actions of a government might stray from this principle, such a constitutional provision stands both as a rebuke and a summons for a return to good order."


"It is my hope," continued Carlson, "that the World Family Declaration will play a significant role in rallying international attention again to the most important unit of society, the natural family."


Clark added, "Today we unfurl a banner to remind the world of the foundational and irreplaceable role of the family. In the words of the Declaration, ‘We urge citizens, leaders, and people of influence everywhere to place as their highest priority the protection and strengthening of the family.’"


We invite you to read, sign, and share the World Family Declaration at


For further information, please contact E. Douglas Clark at