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UN International Day of Families 2014


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. For 2014, the UN chose the theme "Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals" and noted that 2014 is the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family. For a PowerPoint overview of UPF observances, click here.

Geneva, Switzerland - A conference on "Family Values and Their Link to Economic Well-being and Social Outcomes" took place at the UN headquarters in Geneva June 30-July 1, 2014.

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Prague, Czech Republic - A conference in the Parliament of the Czech Republic on May 22, 2014 in observance of the International Day of Families on May 22, 2014 was organized by UPF-Czech Republic, UPF-Germany and other Czech partner organizations.

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Lima, Peru - UPF-Peru, together with friends from the Women's Federation and Family Federation for World Peace celebrated the UN International Day of Families in Lima on May 18, 2014.

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Washington DC, USA - An International Day of Families program took place at the Washington Times on June 12, 2014.

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Quito, Ecuador - At the auditorium of the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Science Education of the Central University of Ecuador in Quito, the International Day of Families was celebrated on May 21, 2014.

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Cotonou, Benin - UPF-West Africa and UPF-Benin in partnership with the Ministry of Families of Benin celebrated the UN International Day of Families 2014 from May 15-18, 2014.

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Lagos, Nigeria - A peace education conference in Lagos on May 29, 2014, commemorated the 15th anniversary of the return to democratic governance in Nigeria.

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Oslo, Norway - The UN International Day of Families was celebrated in the Diakonhjemmet University College in Oslo on May 20.

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Suva, Fiji - UPF celebrated the International Day of Families by organizing lunch and entertainment  for residents of the Samabula Old Peoples' Home in Suva on May 18, 2014.

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Lusaka, Zambia - UPF-Zambia commemorated the UN International Day of Families under the theme “Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals” in Lusaka on May 24, 2014.

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Bridgetown, Barbados - The Barbados National Peace Council commemorated the International Day of Families with a gathering at a Hindu temple, a seminar and a Sunday church service May 14-18, 2014.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - The International Day of Families was observed at a program at Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur on May 18, 2014.

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