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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.

 Kigali, Rwanda - A seminar on the Role of the Family in Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity took place in Kigali in May 18, in commemoration of the UN International Day of Families.

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Multan, Pakistan - The International Day of Families is an occasion to celebrate the importance of families to people, societies and cultures around the world. Society for the Promotion of Education and Awareness (SEAP Pakistan) and Religious Youth Service Pakistan commemorated the International Day of Families on May 15 at SEAP Pakistan’s Secretariat in Multan, Southern Punjab.

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Families hold societies together, and intergenerational relationships extend this legacy over time. This year’s International Day of Families is an occasion to celebrate connections among all members of the constellation that makes up a family. It is also an opportunity to reflect on how they are affected by social and economic trends – and what we can do to strengthen families in response. -UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [availale also in Spanish]

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London, UK - UPF-UK commemorated the International Day of Families on May 16 at 43 Lancaster Gate, London. This year's UN International Family Day theme, "Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity" is very appropriate tor UPF's ideals of creating "one Family under God," which is based on development of good families serving the community.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - Fourteen couples who have been married between 28 and 65 years were recognized in the celebration of the UN International Day of the Families, under the motto: “Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity,” which was organized by UPF-Argentina at the Peace Embassy on May 15.

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Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo - The Governor of Pointe-Noire, Alexandre Honore Paka, attended a program on the International Day of Families, May 15. After the singing of the National Anthem, Rev. Annule Michel Ndolo, Secretary General of UPF-Republic of Congo, read UPF's message for the day, and Ms. Mabika, a representative of the UN, read the message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. New Ambassadors for Peace were appointed.

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Negambo, Sri Lanka - A program on May 16 for students and staff in the Negambo Educational zone included lectures from religious leaders, a staff member of the UN office in Sri Lanka, and a staff member from the Education Department.

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Brasilia, Brazil - Senator Magno Malta from the State of Espírito Santo, President of the Parliamentary Front for the Defense of Life and the Family, organized a conference with the following theme: “The Challenges of the Post-Modern Society for Valuing Life and Empowering the Family,” at the Federal Senate on May 15, the International Day of Families.

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Majuro, Marshall Islands - An International Day of Families event took place at the Long Islands Hotel of Majuro on May 15 with the attendance of members of Parliament and government officials, local government officials, and others.

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Tirana, Albania - A celebration of the International Day of Families was held in the Peace Embassy in Tirana on May 15.

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Moscow, Russia - In cooperation with the Youth Commonwealth Department of Culture in Moscow, UPF-Moscow held several events in the framework of the UN International Day of Families in the week leading up to May 15.

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Banfora, Burkina Faso - La journée Internationale des Familles sera célébrée le Samedi 18 mai à Banfora dans la Région des Cascades et sera marquée par la tenue de quatrième festival des Familles pour la Paix, l unité et la solidarité.

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