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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.

Niamey, Niger - UPF-Niger organized a forum on May 15 in commemoration of the International Day of Families. There were presentations about the family by a Muslim, a Christian, a sociologist, and a UPF representative, followed by a debate and questions and answers.

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Accra, Ghana - UPF-Ghana and the Family Federation for World Peace held a forum on May 15 to commemorate the UN International Day of Families as well as a workshop on marriage and family. In addition, "Peace Family Awards" were presented to selected couples who have lived together for over 20 years without conflict as well as families who are outstanding examples of living for the sake of others.

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Vienna, Austria - UPF-Austria celebrated the International Day of Families with a forum on the theme of Ensuring Work Family Balance at the UPF headquarters on May 15. Dr. Walter Baar, from the Institute for Trends Research, spoke on Family and the World of Work: Successful European Models.

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Nairobi, Kenya - Somalis living in Kenya celebrated the International Day of Families at the Compit Educational Center located in Eastleigh, Nairobi, on May 15. It was not possible to hold this event inside Somalia due to the violence occurring in the country. However, more than one million Somalis are living in Kenya, and the event in Nairobi attracted an audience of more than 500.

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Paramaribo, Suriname - UPF-Suriname celebrated the International Day of Families on May 15 with 35 Ambassadors for Peace in attendance.

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Libreville, Gabon - UPF-Gabon organized an International Day of Families program at the Sylvia BONGO ONDIMBA Foundation Center on May 15.

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Georgetown, Guyana - Over 150 persons people attended an observance of the UN International Day of Families at the Family Federation chapel in Georgetown on May 15. The extra persons were accomodated under a tent erected on the lawn.

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Freetown, Sierra Leone - UPF-Sierra Leone organized an observance of the International Day of Families in Freetown on May 15 with the theme: “Balancing Private and Public Responsibilities within the Family.” The theme drew the attention of participants from all walks of life.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - UPF-Georgia observed the International Day of Families with programs at a school for mentally handicapped children on May 13 and the Women's Information Center on May 15.

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Kathmandu, Nepal - Interactive forums, peace and family educational programs, and distribution of scholarship grants to poor and less privileged students were features of the UN International Day of Families programs throughout Nepal between May 5 and 14. Nationwide, around 1400 people participated in events in 15 cities.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - UPF-Argentina celebrated the International Day of Families on May 15 with a recognition of 17 couples who have been married more than 25 years.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil - The International Day of Families was observed on May 15 with a program in the Sao Paulo City Hall. A panel of speakers from a variety of religions and NGOs talked about the importance of family values in preventing social problems and building a better world.

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