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UN International Day of Families 2013

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 2013 observance was "Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity." For a PowerPoint overview of UPF observances, click here.

Koror, Palau - For this year's International Day of Families program on May 29, UPF-Palau invited three partners to participate: the officers of the Ngerubesang Club from Melekeok state (the capital state), the Palau Canoe Club, and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, which coordinates official development assistance for the government of Japan.

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Bogota, Colombia - UPF-Colombia held a program about the International Day of Families on May 25 at the Peace Embassy of Colombia with 45 people leaders and Ambassadors for Peace in attendance. The celebration of the International Day of Families was designed to strengthen family values and concluded with an exercise called the "Workshop of Forgiveness."

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Kiev, Ukraine - Ukraine is famous for its family traditions, and therefore, family values and the International Day of Families were widely celebrated in Kiev, with UPF contributing to the educational program "School of Life" and planting trees at five orphanages.

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UPF-India organized celebrations of the UN International Day of Families in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in May 2013. Mr. Krishna Adhikari, Secretary General of UPF-India, gave talks on "The Family as the School of Love."

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Almaty, Kazakhstan - A conference related to the International Day of Families on May 25 was opened by a musical greeting of the People's Artist of Kazakhstan and Ambassador for Peace, Akaltyn.

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Kingston, Jamaica - UPF-Jamaica hosted a program at the UPF Lecture Hall in Kingston on May 19 in keeping with the United Nations Declaration of May 15 as the International Day of Families. The theme was "Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity."

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Yerevan, Armenia - At Yerevan state school No. 194, UPF-Armenia held a program named ”Healthy Family” on May 18 as a part of a celebration of the UN International Day of Families. Eleven families participated in the program.

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Prague, Czech Republic -UPF-Czech Republic organized a conference on the occasion of the UN Day of Families on May 23 took place in the European House in Prague.

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Lome, Togo - The International Day of Families was commemorated on May 18 with a speech on the "Family as the School of Love and Peace," given by Rev. Henyon Kokou, national leader of the Family Federation for World Peace.

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Castries, St. Lucia - UPF-St. Lucia celebrated the International Day of Families with a forum on May 25 featuring speakers on several topics.

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Panevezys, Lithuania - An International Day of Families program honoring 35 outstanding local families took place on May 15 at the Panevezys Art Gallery. UPF-Lithuania sponsored the program in conjunction with the Active Women Club of women politicians in the city, led by UPF Ambassador for Peace Mrs. Danute Krisciuniene. The title of the event was short and warm: “I Thank You.”

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Kinshasa, DR Congo - A forum in commemoration of the International Day of Families took place on May 18 in Kinshasa. The provincial Minister of Gender and Family was the keynote speaker.

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