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UN International Day of Families 2010

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 2010 observance was "The Impact of Migration on Families." For a PowerPoint overview of UPF observances, click here.

Reykjavik, Iceland - A parade and exhibit in the town hall of Reykjavik marked the UN International Day of Families on May 15. This tiny island in the North Atlantic felt like a microcosm of all the cultures of our world.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh - The United Nations Information Centre, the Women’s Federation for World Peace, and Universal Peace Federation in Bangladesh jointly organized the seminar entitled “Challenges to the Security of the Human Family” to mark the International Day of Families.

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Kiev, Ukraine - On May 14, on the occasion of International Day of Families, Universal Peace Federation-Ukraine, organized a "Family-friendly society as the foundation of lasting peace" round-table discussion for Ambassadors for Peace.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - "Family and Social Peace Leading up to the Bicentennial" was the theme of the International Day of Families May 13 at the Juan Jesus Blasnik Auditorium in Buenos Aires.

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Riga, Latvia - On May 13, a conference was held at the Institute of Transport and Communication in Riga, on the theme of “Future of Family, Future of the Nation.” Altogether 70 people participated, including students, professors and Ambassadors for Peace.

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Helsinki, Finland - UPF-Finland held a conference at the Parliament in connection with the UN International Day of Families on May 12. The chairman of the Helsinki City Council spoke in support of strengthening the family, since the well being of the family correlates with the well being of the city.

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Ottawa, Canada - UPF-Canada's National Peace Council announces its annual conference June 3 in Ottawa on the theme "Making Canada’s Families Work: An Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Discussion."

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