“The World Congress of Families is the ‘Olympics’ of the family movement and New Zealand will have an important involvement in co-hosting this event with Australian family organisations,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “WCF VII will be the first Congress in the Southern Hemisphere and the first in an English-speaking country.”
The joint bid by Australia and New Zealand was approved by the World Congress of Families Selection Committee, and later endorsed by The Howard Center Board of Directors (parent organization of WCF).
Bev Adair, spokesperson for Family First NZ, presented Australia/New Zealand’s bid. The theme of World Congress of Families VII is “Happy Families – Healthy Economy.”
It is hoped that pro-family leaders, scholars and activists from up to 100 nations will attend the WCF VII in 2013.
There have been six Congresses to date – World Congress of Families I (Prague, 1997), WCF II (Geneva, 1999), WCF III (Mexico City, 2004), WCF IV (Warsaw, 2007) and WCF V (Amsterdam, 2009). Madrid will host the next Congress in 2012.
The World Congress of Families (WCF) is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and people of goodwill that seek to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the ‘seedbed’ of civil society (as found in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948). The WCF was founded in 1997 by Allan Carlson and is a project of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society in Rockford, Illinois.