Europe is a continent of empty cradles. We have few children born and the population is dwindling, while the overall population of the world is growing. Having few children born makes the future uncertain: the future of Europe and that of Hungary. Europe’s development is also challenged through its demographic data. If society grows older and less children are born, innumerable problems will arise as a consequence. Sustainable development therefore requires a social policy in which demographic and family policy has a key role. In order to stop the aging of the “Old Continent” and maintain its place in the world, it is important to recognize and support the families raising children and to develop targeted measures and regulations for improving their lives.
The Budapest Demographic Forum is organized in view of all that between 5-7 November 2015, with the objectives of discussing those family-related issues which are necessary for the solution of the aforementioned problems and the realization of the goals. These issues are: founding a family; removing barriers to having children; the reconciliation of family, private life and work; the promotion of balance and responsibility sharing between women and men; the improvement of the institutions supporting families; encouraging intergenerational cooperation; and the joint effort of local communities to enhance well-being of families.
Our objectives include furthermore that the participants of the Budapest Demographic Forum have the opportunity to discuss the European demographic trends, their experience from the analyses of those trends, the already introduced regulations and applied measures, in order that proper answers can be given to the common European problem and a long-term sustainable demographic change can be achieved, as the basic condition for social persistence and development.
We are looking forward to seeing the politicians, experts, civil organizations who agree that it is worth sharing ideas regarding these issues and seeking common solutions at European level.
Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs
Ministry of Human Capacities