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UN International Day of Families 2010

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 2010 observance was "The Impact of Migration on Families." For a PowerPoint overview of UPF observances, click here.

Sikkim and Punjab, India - The United Nations International Day of Families was commemorated on May 15 at the Sikkim Government College in Gangtok, Sikkim, and at the Desh Bhagat Institute of Advanced Computer Sciences in Mandi Gobind Garh, Punjab.

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Paris, France - The International Day of Families was celebrated in the Maison des Associations de Solidarité in Paris on May 15. Mrs. Marie-Christine Odent related some of her experiences as marriage and family counselor, and Mr. Chansamone Voravong, president of FORIM, an international organization concerned with migration issues), spoke about the impact of migration on families.

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Stuttgart, Germany - UPF-Germany hosted a celebration of the International Day of Families in Stuttgart on May 15. Hubert Arnoldi, the UPF representative in Stuttgart, welcomed everyone and introduced the program of the day. Karl-Christian Hausmann, Chair of UPF-Germany, spoke on "The Role of the Family as a Bridge between Cultures." This was followed by three musical presentations of international themes, demonstrating that music can be a bridge between hearts.

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The Hague, Netherlands - UPF Netherlands supported the International Day of Families with an event at The Hague on May 15 . The emcee, Sadikoen Wirjoredjo, typified the multinational heritage of many Dutch people: he is Dutch, with ancestry from Indonesia via Suriname, and his wife is German.

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Honiara, Solomon Islands - UPF-Solomon Islands sponsored a symposium to commemorate the annual UN International Day of Families on May 15 at the Quality Inn Hotel in the heart of the capital city of Honiara, Solomon Islands.

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Castries, St. Lucia - I had the opportunity to speak on May 15 to speak about the International Day of Families on the DBS Television Evening News. The follow are excerpts of that message:

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Kabul, Afghanistan - UPF celebrated the International Day of Families in Kabul on May 14 by reaching out to ten poor families in one of the many slums of the city. The purpose was to spread the culture of celebrating such important day and articulate the central role of the family in establishing a peaceful and harmonious society.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - A presentation was given at a roundtable discussion on the “Role of the Family in the Peacemaking Process” in the Abkhazian parliament on May 14.

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London, UK - UPF-UK sponsored an International Day of Families symposium May 16 on the theme chosen by the UN for 2010: ‘Impact of Migration on Families Around the World.’

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Chişinău, Moldova - On May 14, the International Relief Friendship Foundation ONLUS in collaboration with the Family Federation for World Peace held an International Day of Families conference on the theme of Marriage without Divorce: the Catalysts of a Prosperous Moldova.” 

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Zagreb, Croatia - On May 14 UPF hosted a seminar on the UN International Day of Families.

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Montevideo, Uruguay - UPF-Uruguay organized a celebration of the International Day of Families at the Parliament on May 14. In a beautiful ceremony, colorful balloons were released with messages of peace and drawings by children! Various experts described their experiences working with families. In the grand finale, couples who had been married for 40 years were given special recognition.

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