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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.

Helsinki, Finland - The Finnish chapters of UPF and the Women's Federation for World Peace observed the International Day of Families with a May 15, 2014, forum on the theme: ”The important role of a woman in the culturally diversifying Finland.”

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Paris, France - The International Day of Families was observed at a meeting in Paris on May 10, 2014, dedicated to family and peace.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh - Speakers at May 3, 2014 forum in Dhaka on the role of "Marriage and Family in Creating World Peace" offered insights drawn from both sociology and nuclear physics.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - Couples who have been married between 25 and 61 years were recognized by UPF-Argentina during the May 15, 2014 celebration of the International Day of Families.

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Kanadal Province, Cambodia - Japanese women joined UPF-Cambodia in a service project at the Peaceful Children’s Home, an orphanage in rural Cambodia, on May 3, 2014, in observance of the International Day of Families.

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Tokyo, Japan - It was a sunny day on April 29 for the community cleaning program organized by UPF-Japan, "Family Clean-up Rally 246," in collaboration with the South Tokyo Council of Ambassadors for Peace.

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Auckland, New Zealand - The UN International Day of Families celebration in Auckland took place on May 10, 2014, at the Mt. Albert War Memorial Hall in Auckland. 

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