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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 chapters in 71 nations organized a variety of forums, award ceremonies and commemorative events on the UN International Day of Families, May 15, 2012.

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UPF-Russia organized a variety of programs in 11 cities throughout the federation on the International Day of Families, including forums, round-table discussions, artistic and cultural activities, visits to veterans, and a beauty pageant.

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The International Day of Families was commemorated at three seminars organized by UPF-Cameroon: in the West region (Bafoussam on May 14), far north (Kousseri on May 15), and Central region (Yaoundé on May 15) with a total of 167 participants including government officials, Members of Parliament, religious leaders, traditional rulers, journalists, university students, and leaders of civil society.

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Asuncion, Paraguay - An International Day of Families observance took place at the Gran Hotel del Paraguay in Asuncion on May 15.

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Nairobi, Kenya - UPF-Kenya and its network of Ambassadors for Peace and families hosted a celebration of the UN International Day of Families in Nairobi on May 15 with a wide variety of cultural events, educational speeches, and activities.

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Istanbul, Turkey - The International Day of Families was observed at a forum in Istanbul on May 15. Speakers included two professors from Bosphorus University, one from Yeditepe University, and UPF representative Sevil Naghshbandi. Each covered a different aspect of the family.

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Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo - A program on the theme of Balancing Work and Family took place at the Hotel Hilary in Pointe-Noire on May 15. Among the 150 guests were top executives of UNICEF and United Nations Population Fund, a bishop of the Old Catholic Church, diplomats, government officials, and representatives of numerous civil society associations.

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New York, USA - The UN Focal Point on the family invites feedback on preparations for the observance of the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2014.

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UPF-Albania organized observances of the International Day of Families 2012 in Durres, Elbasan, Lezha, Tirana and Vlora.

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Managua, Nicaragua - An afternoon seminar on "The Centrality of the Family for Peace" took place on May 15 at the Real intercontinental Metrocenter in Managua.

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Bamako, Mali - A workshop about HIV/AIDS took place at the mayor's hall in Banankabougou on May 15.

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UPF-Germany observed the International Day of Families with two forums. On May 15 in Frankfurt, three presentations that included religious perspectives were followed by a lively panel discussion with many questions and comments from the floor. At the end, three-generation families received certificates of honor. In Stuttgart, a May 12 forum on "The Significant Role of the Family for the Individual and Society" featured speakers with historical perspectives about family policies in the Soviet Union and the Council of Europe. Young musicians entertained the audience.

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