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UN Global Day of Parents 2018

Global Day of Parents Observed at the UN

New York, United States—UPF co-sponsored an event at United Nations headquarters commemorating Global Day of Parents 2018.

The June 1 event, organized jointly by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN and the Universal Peace Federation, was titled “The Impact of Good Parents on Children and Society: The Many Benefits of Nurturing Children’s Integrity in the Home.”

After opening remarks by H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the permanent observer of the Holy See to the UN, each of the five speakers contributed significant insights into the essential roles and responsibilities of mothers and fathers in shaping the conscience and character of their children. The discussion stressed that a thriving and peaceful society, in fact, can be built only with parents’ engagement with and dedication to their children.

The expert speakers were Dr. Pat Fagan, the founder and director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute; Dr. Thomas Lickona, the director of the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility); Dr. Rima Salah, the chair of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium of UNICEF; Dr. Melissa Moschella, an assistant professor of medical ethics at Columbia University; and Shelly Locke, the CEO of the organization The Power of Mothers.

To read the Holy See's full report in their Week in Review, click here.
To read Archbishop Auza’s full remarks, click here.
To watch the event in its entirety, click here.

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