Family First NZ has been in attendance at the World Congress of Families in Georgia. The event was hosted by Levan Vasadze (shown left, and below with Bob McCoskrie). His son was in the Auckland Rugby Academy, and we met him in Utah last year. We even watched the Rugby World Cup final together (he was supporting the All Blacks) and gave him an All Blacks shirt.
Family First NZ is a partner of the World Congress (a fact that will send Craig Young in to a hissy fit).
The WCF regards the natural family as “the fundamental social unit, inscribed in human nature, and centred on the voluntary union of a man and a woman in the lifelong covenant of marriage. The natural family is defined by marriage, procreation and, in some cultures, adoption. Free, secure, and stable families that welcome children are necessary for healthy societies. History has shown that those societies that abandon the natural family as the norm are destined to decline and even extinction. The loving family reaches out in love and service to their communities and those in need. All social and cultural institutions should respect and uphold the rights and responsibilities of the family.”
Central to the mission of the World Congress of Families is the celebration of and advocacy for the natural family, described by the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights as “the natural and fundamental group unit of society” and, as such, “entitled to protection by society and the state.” The UN declaration also observes that “men and women of full age…have the right to marry and found a family.” And the WCF believes the natural family is the foundation of a free and prosperous society, as well as the cradle of civilization. It is also far and away the best environment in which to raise children.
The WCF is an affiliation of scholars, government and ecclesiastical leaders, as well as advocates who focus on all issues relevant to the welfare of children and family. At present, it has 42 organizations in 14 countries, on five continents, affiliated as partners. From 1997 to 2015, WCF held eight international Congresses—Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw (2007), Amsterdam (2009), Madrid (2012), Sydney (2013) and Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in 2015 – and now Georgia in 2016.