UNITED NATIONS, May 16 (APP) : On International Day of Families, UN  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on governments, businesses and institutions to recognize that care-giving is an essential part of family life.

“Everyone needs care from family members at some point in their lives –  and all should be able to provide that care when the need arises,” he secretary-general in a message on the day.

Ban noted that the rise of violent extremism, the effects of forced  displacement, extreme weather events and other challenges are taking a heavy toll on the health and integrity of families in crisis situations.