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UN International Day of Families 2012

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 2012 observance was "Ensuring Work Family Balance." For a PowerPoint overview of UPF observances, click here.

UPF organized International Day of Families events during May in Kinshasa and Kinzau Mvete, Democratic Republic of Congo.

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International Day of Families programs took place in Ziguinchor on May 15 and Dakar on May 19. Approximately 270 participants attended the Dakar program in a school that is under construction.

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Jakarta, Indonesia - A forum on "Developing a Balanced Partnership between Husband and Wife" took place on May 13 at the UPF Peace Center in Tomang, Jakarta. On May 19, a forum on "Family Values" took place at the KHBP Kebayoran Baru in Jakarta.

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Honiara, Solomon Islands - UPF-Solomon Islands organized a special program to commemorate the UN International Day of Families at the Rock Havens Inn Hotel on May 19.

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Reduit, Mauritius - A Family Fun Sports Day took place on May 19 for the 160 sponsored children and their guardians sponsored by the Women's Federation for World Peace in Mauritius. There were track and field events as well as value-based games at the Maryse Justin Stadium in Reduit in which whole families could participate.

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Marisule, St. Lucia - The St. Lucia Chapter of UPF celebrated the UN International Day of Families with a one-day workshop on May 19 in Marisule, Gros-Islet. Organized jointly by UPF and the National Youth Council, the activity brought together a mix of youth leaders and more mature Ambassadors for Peace to discuss the theme “Better Families for Stronger Communities.” Forty participants attended the event.

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The Hague, Netherlands - UPF-Netherlands organized a commemoration of the UN International Day of Families on May 19 at Christus Triomfatorkerk in The Hague. Musicians Carlos Figueroa and Giancarlo Dragonetti performed.

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Kiev, Ukraine - An International Day of Families program took place in the children’s home “Malyatko” in Kiev on May 19 by the efforts of UPF volunteers. Fifteen children participated, along with their teachers and six UPF volunteers.

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Tokyo, Japan - International couples, multi-cultural families, and Ambassadors for Peace gathered to celebrate the International Day of Families in Tokyo on May 19. Organized by UPF-Japan, the event also commemorated the first anniversary of the foundation of the committee to promote a “Citizens' Movement for Building Human Capacity, Family and Nation,” a grassroots movement initiated by Ambassadors for Peace.

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Chisinau, Moldova - A Festival of Families on the theme of Happy Families - Happy Nation took place in Chisinau's Central District City Hall on May 15.

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Kigali, Rwanda - UPF-Rwanda Chapter held a commemoration of the International Day of Families at the Alpha Palace Hotel in Kigali on May 19. In the conference Hall were more than 150 people from different walks of life, including politicians, religious leaders, business entrepreneurs, academicians, artists, and ordinary people.

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Harare, Zimbabwe - UPF-Zimbabwe organized a forum on the International Day of Families on May 19.

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