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UN International Day of Families

The International Day of Families, May 15, is celebrated 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. 

Riga, Latvia—UPF-Latvia held a program on “Successful Marriage Preparation” to celebrate both International Day of Families and Global Day of Parents.

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Tirana, Albania—Approximately 40 couples took part in an Interfaith Peace Blessing which was timed to coincide with the UN International Day of Families.

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Bergamo, Italy—The importance of the family to peacebuilding was the focus of the UPF celebration of International Day of Families 2016.

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Tirana, Albania—About 200 participants, including the former president of Albania, attended an event at the UNESCO Hall of the National Historic Museum of Albania to celebrate International Day of Families 2016.

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The Universal Peace Federation affirms the value of the family as the core unit of society. The family has formed the basis for communities, societies and civilizations throughout the ages. Virtually all the world’s religions teach the sacred value of marriage and family. The family is the school of love. It is also the school of virtue, ethics and citizenship.

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The International Day of Families, May 15, is celebrated 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 and peace.

For 2016, the UN chose the theme "Families, Healthy Lives and Sustainable Future." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "Families are on the frontlines of our global efforts to realize the bold and inclusive 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They are particularly essential to achieving SDG3, in which all United Nations Member States committed to promoting healthy lives and wellbeing for all at all ages."

UPF Statement on Families

Programs may include:

Resources

United Nations Site on the International Day of Families
Fun Family Activities
Fact-finding challenge/treasure hunt
Other organizations dedicated to strengthening marriage and family

Bergamo, Italy—International Day of Families was celebrated in the northern Italian city of Bergamo under the theme "The Value of the Family for the New Millennium.” 

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Haedo, Argentina—Six couples who have been married for more than 25 years were honored at an event held in Haedo city in Buenos Aires province to celebrate the International Day of Families. 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina—UPF-Argentina celebrated the 2017 International Day of Families by recognizing twelve couples who have been married between 28 and 59 years. 

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Tirana, Albania—More than 160 participants, including many prominent Albanians, attended a celebration of the UN International Day of Families in the UNESCO Hall of the National Historical Museum.

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Stuttgart, Germany—The 2017 UN International Day of Families was celebrated by conducting an Interfaith Peace Blessing ceremony.

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Korça, Albania—About 120 guests attended a UPF conference held in honor of UN International Day of Families with the theme “The Importance of Family Values in an Era of Global Crisis.”

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