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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.

Buenos Aires, Argentina - The International Day of Families was celebrated on May 15 with a variety of educational, cultural, social, and athletic activities under the motto “Creating a World of Peace: One Family at a Time.” Couples married more than 25 years were recognized with a cake and a toast to eternal love. On the following day, the Huracán football club won the International Day of the Family Peace Cup in a championship game certified by First Division of Argentine football. [en español]

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Cairo, Egypt - On the occasion of the UN International Day of Families, messages about the International Day of Families were circulated to about 75 people. On May 15 ten families (about 43 persons) met for lunch and to listen to a reading of the declarations about this commemorative day.

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Georgetown, Guyana - The Guyana Chapter of the Universal Peace Federation hosted a program at the Guyana Girl Guides Pavilion in keeping with the United Nations Declaration of May 15 as the International Day of Families. The theme was "Creating a World of Peace, One Family at a Time."

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The Voice of St Lucia, one of St. Lucia's national newspapers, published the "Universal Peace Federation Declaration on Families" sent by our UPF media officer Terrence Scott.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - On May 15 Universal Peace Federation in collaboration with UN office, the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Abkhazia, and young volunteers organized a celebration of UN International Day of Families for international families.

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Beirut, Lebanon - UPF-Lebanon invited Ambassadors for Peace and friends for an event on the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Families on May 15. Approximately 40 persons responded to the invitation and came to the Palm Beach Hotel in Beirut on a fine spring evening.

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - "An Ecologically-Friendly Family" was the theme of the International Day of Families celebration on May 15 organized in cooperation with the government of Ulaanbaatar. Its purpose was to promote a state policy of family development and maintaining an ecological balance.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka - In collaboration with the Department of Education of the Western Province, UPF-Sri Lanka organized a half-day seminar to mark the UN International Day of Families on May 15 at the main auditorium in Colombo of the Department of Education of the Western Province.

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Caracas, Venezuela - During the International Day of Families in Caracas, five couples who have been married more than 20 years were presented with the “Medal of Peace in the Family.” Most of them said that it was their faith in God, love for each other, and shared values what kept them happy and together for many years.

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Pohnpei, Micronesia - Coinciding with the UN International Day of Families, UPF-Micronesia sponsored a one-day seminar for 45 participants. Most guests arrived early and were greeted and treated with the traditional  headdress worn at most gatherings and special meetings.

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Washington, DC, USA - Combine the warm and cozy feeling of a family reunion and the cultural splendor of the beautifully exotic nation of the Kingdom of Bahrain and you will arrive at the unique experience had by all who attended the International Day of Families Celebration, Friday, May 15 at the Bahrain Embassy in Washington, DC.

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Kingston, Jamaica - To celebrate the International Day of Families, UPF-Jamaica partnered with the leaders of a character development center founded by the inspiration of a former Governor General of Jamaica. The 60 participants included people from various religions and NGOs.

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