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UN International Day of Families

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:


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

Buenos Aires, Argentina—UPF-Argentina celebrated the International Day of Families in San Clemente and Haedo, recognizing couples who have been married for 25 years or more.

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Copenhagen, Denmark—Approximately 200 people attended a UPF celebration of UN International Day of Families 2018, held at UN City.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands—UPF co-sponsored a combined celebration of the 2018 UN International Day of Families and Africa Day.

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