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UN International Day of Families 2009

The UN International Day of Families is celebrated each May at the United Nations headquarters and around the world. The Universal Peace Federation joins in commemorating this day because it considers the family as a microcosm of the global community and because sustainable peace is grounded in the family as the most intimate social unit, the school of love. The theme of the 2009 observance was "Mothers and Families." For a PowerPoint overview of UPF observances, click here.

New York, USA - UPF organized over 60 celebrations of the UN Day of Families in 34 nations, building on the theme “Creating a World of Peace, One Family at a Time.” The final event, at the UN Headquarters in New York, marked the conclusion of the UPF Global Peace Tour 2009. | Click here for the audio recordings of the speeches and photos| French, 中文

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The Universal Peace Federation organized over 55 celebrations of the United Nations Day of Families in 31 nations, building on the theme “Creating a World of Peace, One Family at a Time.” The final event of the two-week observation took place May 18 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Read the written report. Download the PowerPoint report (9MB); high-res (25MB).

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Africa has its fair of problems and carries the seeds for a solution within its rich family traditions. Our model of the extended family of relations helping and supporting each other is among the strongest in the world.

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Kabul, Afghanistan - Fifty social and political activists gathered at the Sitara Hotel in the heart of Kabul to celebrate the International Day of Families and report about their activities of service to the community and work to strengthen the families of Afghanistan.

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Ukraine - The “Mom, Dad, Me – Sporty Family” all-Ukrainian Festival finale was held May 14 to 17 in the picturesque Crimean peninsula. The activities were organized by the “Sports for All” all-Ukrainian center for the population’s physical health and by the Universal Peace Federation under the initiative of the Peace Dream Foundation.

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Vienna, Austria - A lecture and round-table discussion were organized by UPF in Vienna on May 15. As an introduction the message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was read by the MC, Mag. Elisabeth Cook.

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Macau - The celebration in Macau of the United Nations International Day of Families took place on May 16 at the Nova Taipa Garden. Co-sponsors included the All Nations Church of Macau, the Macau-Timor Friendship Association, the Unified World of Martial Arts Association of Macau, and the International Educational Foundation.

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Lyon, France - The International Day of Families was celebrated in France in partnership among the Universal Peace Federation, the Shekina Evangelical Church, the Aclco Bana Mboka Choir, the Ambassadors for Peace team in Lyon, the African Center for Culture and Development, AJS Kivu, Women's Federation for World Peace, and the SOS Casamance humanitarian association. [en français]

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Tallinn, Estonia - In support of the UN International Day of Families, the local chapter of the Universal Peace Federation organized an event on May 16 in the Peace Embassy in Tallinn. The program consisted of an introduction of the meaning of the day followed by a PowerPoint presentation on “A Culture of Parental Heart and Love Is the Basis for Peace in the World.”

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia - UPF-Cambodia celebrated the International Day of Families together with Malaysian and Cambodian students at the Cambodian Mekong University campus in Phnom Penh on May 15-16 in conjunction with the International Youth Leadership Conference on the theme of “Creating One Global Family.”

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Libreville, Gabon - The president of UPF-Gabon, Mr. Pierre-Claver OBAME Essone, Adviser to the President of the Republic and Director of Personnel of the Party in power, addressed a gathering of Ambassadors for Peace and invited guests on the topic of "Creating a world of peace, one family at a time."

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Quito, Ecuador - Four hundred and sixty people attended the International Day of Families celebration on May 16 in the Quito City Hall. A UNICEF official, Dr. Juan Vásconez, gave an explanation about this UN day honoring the family.

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