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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.

San Marino - An International Day of Families program was organized by UPF-San Marino on May 12 in partnership with the San Marino Cultural Academy Le Tre Castella and the University for Peace headquartered in Ancona, Italy.

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Nitra, Slovakia - But UPF activists in the city of Nitra set up an information table and panel on May 8 in the MAX shopping center to promote the International Day of Families and distribute leaflets and bookmarks about the importance of the family.

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Oslo, Norway - Around 50 participants attended the UN International Day of Families on May 10 in Oslo. The event was organized at Diakonhjemmet University College with the theme "The Role of the Family for Human Development and a Healthy Society."

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Taipei, Taiwan - UPF-Taiwan observed the International Day of Families with a forum on May 6 on the theme of "The Challenges of Passing on Our Faith to our Children."

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Chork, Cambodia - After attending a family seminar in the capital last November, the father of a young Ambassador for Peace invited UPF-Cambodia to hold a family seminar for the people in his village. The May 9 program focused on strengthening the unity between husband and wife and between families and communities, to help ensure work-family balance, the theme of this year's UN International Day of Families.

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Minsk, Belarus - In preparation for the International Day of Families, UPF-Belarus initiated a number of projects on May 5 to strengthen “Relationships among the generations.” Volunteers helped veterans with housework and listened to informative stories about their life experience during World War II.

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