As you may know, our Forums have garnered substantial attention from our opponents, and pressure has been put on some governments because of their attendance. Therefore, at the request of some of these governments, and for privacy and security reasons, Family Watch will not be sharing or publicizing the names or countries of delegates who attend, nor will we publicly release any information regarding the Forum.
For this reason, we ask that you also keep the information about the Forum confidential and not share it outside our coalition.
1) To brief UN delegates on the latest family policy issues;
2) To provide a secure setting where UN delegates can network and strategize amongst themselves in order to effectively defend the family during negotiations at upcoming UN conferences; and
3) To build personal relationships of trust with the delegates.
This year’s Forum guests will stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Mesa.
1011 W. Holmes Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85210
+1 (480) 833-5555
The hotel is about 15 minutes from the Phoenix International Airport (PHX -Sky Harbor Airport)
* Guests may be asked to provide a credit card to the hotel at check-in to cover any room service or incidental room charges. Forum participants arriving early or extending their stay past the Forum dates will be responsible for additional nightly room charges. Shopping or miscellaneous expenses are the responsibility of the individual.
January daytime temperatures are mild, averaging 67° F/19° C; nighttime can be much cooler with an average of 46° F/8° C.
Forum dress is business casual.
Attire for the Western Celebration & Dinner on Friday is casual or western attire.
The purpose of the Global Family Policy Forum is to educate and motivate UN Member State delegates to stand for marriage, family and life issues in UN negotiations. Due to the very limited time with our government diplomats at the Forum, all participants agree to the following:
Global Family Policy Forum Participant Agreement
I understand that the Global Family Policy Forum convened by Family Watch International is being held for United Nations diplomats and that I am invited to register and attend the Forum as a guest observer. In order to ensure that 1) delegates have sufficient time during the Forum to discuss family policy issues among themselves; 2) delegates are able to focus primarily on the information formally presented by the Forum speakers, and 3) the security and privacy of the delegates is maintained, I agree to the following:
1.) Not to intervene in panel discussions among government delegates, ask questions of the speakers during their presentations, or make other interventions during the Forum sessions unless guests are invited by the moderator to do so.
2.) Not to arrange private meetings with delegates that would occur at any time during the two days the Forum will be held either before or after the sessions or in the evening as delegates have requested this time to able to meet with each other and do not want to be pressured by guests at the Forum;
3.) Not to lobby UN delegates on specific policy issues, initiatives or documents during the Forum;
4.) Not to record or photograph any portion of the Forum;
5.) Not to publicize, post to social media or share either verbally or in writing, publicly or privately, any information regarding the following:
♦ The names of delegates, countries, NGO representatives, organizations, speakers or presenters participating in the Global Family Policy Forum;
♦ The presentations, discussions, or comments made by government representatives or others participating in the Forum; and
♦ Your participation and/or your organization’s participation in the Global Family Policy Forum. (Family Watch International will likewise not be publicizing the Forum to our general membership.)
6.) I understand that I am encouraged to develop relationships with delegates and otherwise network during designated opportunities for guest participation including Forum breaks, activities and meals. During these times, I am free to explain the general nature of the policy work that I and my organization engage in. I am also free to set up appointments to meet with delegates after they return to New York or Geneva.
7.) I understand that if I violate any part of this agreement I may be asked to leave the Forum, that neither I nor my organization will be able to attend future Forums, and that I will forfeit the registration fee.
Tuesday, January 23
Arrival of Geneva Participants
Wednesday, January 24
Arrival of New York Delegates
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception
Thursday, January 25
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Plenary Session I
Plenary Session II
Friday, January 26
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Plenary Session III
Plenary Session IV
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Closing Celebration & Dinner
Saturday, January 27**
Optional cultural, sightseeing and shopping opportunities
The Global Family Policy Forum is presented by Family Watch International in conjunction with
The Foundation for African Cultural Heritage and The UN Family Rights Caucus.