Universal Peace Federation       Observances of       The United NationsInternational Day of Families 2012
Observances organized by the Universal Peace FederationAfghanistan     Czech        Israel         Nicaragua      St. Luci...
UN Theme: Work-Family Balance               “On this International               Day of Families, let us               ren...
UPF Theme: “Balance”            UPF explored ways to            develop a harmonious            partnership between       ...
United Nations HQ: Family BookThe Doha Institute on the Family sponsored a booklinking the MDGs to the family. UPF’s Lynn ...
United Nations HQ: Book Launch               • The book takes the view                 that strong, stable                ...
UPF DAY OF FAMILIES:OBSERVANCES IN 70 NATIONS
AFGHANISTAN: Discussing qualities of a model family at a forum in Kabul
ANGOLA: Promoting the International Day of Families on national television
ARGENTINA: A celebration cake in Buenos Aires for couples married 20 years or more
ARMENIA: A program for families at the State School No. 194 in Yerevan
AUSTRIA: A presentation about demographic trends affecting families in Austria and Europe
BANGLADESH: Addressing issues of balance in the family at a forum in Dhaka
BELARUS: Meeting war veterans, helping them with chores, and listening to their stories
BENIN: Government officials and diplomats addressing a forum in Cotonou
BRAZIL: A forum at the Sao Paulo City Hall
CAMBODIA: A family forum in Chork
CAMEROON: Government officials addressing forums in Yaoundé and Bafoussam
CANADA: Learning about family in Rwanda, including placing 300,000 orphans in families.
COLOMBIA: Ambassadors for Peace share their insights about the family at a forum in Bogota.
CONGO: Speakers at a forum in Pointe-Noire
COTE D’IVOIRE: Honoring couples in Abidjan who have been married more than 25 years
CZECH REPUBLIC: Panel discussions were held in Prague (pictured) and Brno
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: Couples were honored at events in 3 cities.
ECUADOR: A program in the hall of the Former Senate of the Republic
ETHIOPIA: Addis Ababa students sing, “We are the children of today, the parents of tomorrow.”
FINLAND: Singing traditional songs at a celebration in Helsinki
GABON: A program at the Sylvia BONGO ONDIMBA Foundation Center in Libreville
GEORGIA: Programs at a school and the Women’s Information Center in Tbilisi
GERMANY: Honoring families in Stuttgart (above) and Frankfurt (below)
GHANA: Couples receiving a Family Peace Award
ICELAND: A multicultural parade in downtown Reykjavik
INDIA: (Top to bottom) forums in New Delhi, Gangtok , and Lucknow
INDONESIA: Discussion period at a seminar in Jakarta
IRELAND: Conversations among the diverse groups at the Lantern Interfaith Centre in Dublin
ISRAEL: Druze Sheik Ali Birani welcoming community leaders to his home in Daliat El Carmel
JAMAICA: A program in Kingston about balancing spirituality and practical affairs in the family
JAPAN: A forum in Tokyo addressing the challenges facing families in Japan
KAZAKHSTAN: An interactive seminar in Almaty on “The Family as the School of Love”
KENYA: Young performers create a family atmosphere in Nairobi.
LITHUANIA: A program for children in Panevezys
LUXEMBOURG: A presentation on the topic of empathy
MALAYSIA: Games and contests for parents and children in Penang
MALI: A workshop in Bamako on the impact of HIV/AIDS on families
MARSHALL ISLANDS: A forum at the Marshall Islands Resort Hotel in Majuro
MAURITIUS: Children participating in a Family Sport Day at a stadium in Reduit
MOLDOVA: Presenting medals to outstanding families in Chisinau
NEPAL: Giving students school supplies in four schools in Nepal
NETHERLANDS: An intercultural program at a cathedral in The Hague
NEW ZEALAND: An intercultural celebration at a cathedral in Auckland
NICARAGUA: Sharing family experiences at a forum in Managua
NIGER: Current and former government officials addressing a forum in Niamey
NORWAY: A university forum in Oslo on the role of the family in human development
PARAGUAY: A seminar in Asuncion on the importance of marriage
PERU A program in the Peruvian Congress
RUSSIA: Round-table discussions in St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk; a pageant in Moscow
RWANDA: A song about family relationships at a forum in Kigali
SAN MARINO: A broadcast about the importance of families (photo from National TV)
SENEGAL Parents and students at a program at a school in Dakar
SIERRA LEONE: Religious leaders at a forum in Freetown
SOLOMON ISLANDS: Forum at the Rock Havens Inn Hotel in Honiara
SOMALIA: A gathering of more than 500 Somali refugees living in Nairobi
SOUTH KOREA: Participants in a diplomats forum in Seoul
SPAIN: Singing Korean folk songs at a forum in Madrid on Korean culture and family traditions
SRI LANKA: A program for 100 teachers with the Department of Education and UN Volunteers
ST. LUCIA: A workshop in Marisule on “Better Families for Stronger Communities”
TAIWAN: Sharing ideas in Taipei about how parents can pass on their faith to the next generation
THAILAND: A presentation in Bangkok on “The Family as the School of Love”
TURKEY: A symposium in Istanbul with professors from Bosphorus and Yeditepe Universities
UKRAINE: Enjoying a snack with children at the Malyatko Childrens Home in Kiev
UNITED KINGDOM: Discussing challenges facing families at a forum in the House of Lords
UNITED STATES: A forum on Ensuring Work Family Balance at The Washington Times building
VENEZUELA: Youth in Caracas speak of their hope for the future.
ZAMBIA: Sharing experiences of work/family balance in Lusaka
ZIMBABWE: Students and teachers at a celebration in Harare
Universal Peace Federationwww.upf.orgFor details visithttp://upf.org/international-day-of-families-2012
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Observances of the UN International Day of Families organized by chapters of the Universal Peace Federation, May 2012. Theme: "Ensuring Work Family Balance." Affirmed by civilizations and religions for millennia, the family forms the basis of natural procreation, lineage, the honoring of parents and grandparents, and our development as spiritual and rational beings.

UPF regards the family as the school of love and the foundation for a stable society. Marriage between husband and wife lays the foundation for the family. The father and the mother complement one another biologically and psychologically as they raise their children. The family has both private and public functions, promoting both social cohesion and intergenerational solidarity. The love we receive at home provides the framework for fulfilling our potential as human beings.

Social cohesion is learned in the family where members attend to the well-being of one another. Likewise, when families contribute to the well-being of their community, the community prospers, offering benefit and protection for families in return.

The importance of grandparents in promoting intergenerational solidarity cannot be underestimated. They are the repositories of information about the ancestors and the conveyers of tradition and culture. The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is second in emotional power only to that between parents and children. Together, the grandparents, parents, and children form a link between the past, the present and the future.

Every culture throughout the world affirms the central role of the family in promoting social integration, intergenerational solidarity, and a healthy society. Religious traditions such as Confucianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism emphasize the sacred and social significance of the family.

The purpose and ideal of marriage and the family center on procreation, raising children within a committed and faithful relationship of the natural parents, and the development of love and spiritual well-being. However, UPF also acknowledges that no one attains this ideal without education and a supportive social, ethical, political, and cultural environment. For this reason, UPF advocates the development of educational programs that help individuals gain a better understanding of the virtues and skills necessary for the most fulfilling relationships and happy, thriving marriages and families.

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UN Day of Families 2012

  1. 1. Universal Peace Federation Observances of The United NationsInternational Day of Families 2012
  2. 2. Observances organized by the Universal Peace FederationAfghanistan Czech Israel Nicaragua St. LuciaAngola Republic Jamaica Niger SurinameArgentina DR Congo Japan Norway TaiwanArmenia Ecuador Kazakhstan Paraguay ThailandAustria Ethiopia Kenya Peru TurkeyBangladesh Finland Lithuania Russia U.K.Belarus Gabon Luxembourg Rwanda U.S.Benin Georgia Malaysia San Marino UkraineBrazil Germany Mali Senegal UruguayCambodia Ghana Marshall Is. South Korea VenezuelaCameroon Guyana Mauritius Sierra Leone ZambiaCanada Iceland Moldova Solomon Is. ZimbabweColombia India Nepal SomaliaCongo Indonesia Netherlands SpainCote dIvoire Ireland New Zealand Sri Lanka
  3. 3. UN Theme: Work-Family Balance “On this International Day of Families, let us renew our pledge to promote work-family balance for the benefit of families and society at large.”
  4. 4. UPF Theme: “Balance” UPF explored ways to develop a harmonious partnership between husband and wife and parents and children, and balance spirituality and practical affairs, and fulfill both public and private responsibilities.
  5. 5. United Nations HQ: Family BookThe Doha Institute on the Family sponsored a booklinking the MDGs to the family. UPF’s Lynn Walsh was among eight authors who contributed to this book.
  6. 6. United Nations HQ: Book Launch • The book takes the view that strong, stable families are the most important resource for reaching the Millennium Development Goals. • Summaries of the book were published in all six official UN languages.
  7. 7. UPF DAY OF FAMILIES:OBSERVANCES IN 70 NATIONS
  8. 8. AFGHANISTAN: Discussing qualities of a model family at a forum in Kabul
  9. 9. ANGOLA: Promoting the International Day of Families on national television
  10. 10. ARGENTINA: A celebration cake in Buenos Aires for couples married 20 years or more
  11. 11. ARMENIA: A program for families at the State School No. 194 in Yerevan
  12. 12. AUSTRIA: A presentation about demographic trends affecting families in Austria and Europe
  13. 13. BANGLADESH: Addressing issues of balance in the family at a forum in Dhaka
  14. 14. BELARUS: Meeting war veterans, helping them with chores, and listening to their stories
  15. 15. BENIN: Government officials and diplomats addressing a forum in Cotonou
  16. 16. BRAZIL: A forum at the Sao Paulo City Hall
  17. 17. CAMBODIA: A family forum in Chork
  18. 18. CAMEROON: Government officials addressing forums in Yaoundé and Bafoussam
  19. 19. CANADA: Learning about family in Rwanda, including placing 300,000 orphans in families.
  20. 20. COLOMBIA: Ambassadors for Peace share their insights about the family at a forum in Bogota.
  21. 21. CONGO: Speakers at a forum in Pointe-Noire
  22. 22. COTE D’IVOIRE: Honoring couples in Abidjan who have been married more than 25 years
  23. 23. CZECH REPUBLIC: Panel discussions were held in Prague (pictured) and Brno
  24. 24. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: Couples were honored at events in 3 cities.
  25. 25. ECUADOR: A program in the hall of the Former Senate of the Republic
  26. 26. ETHIOPIA: Addis Ababa students sing, “We are the children of today, the parents of tomorrow.”
  27. 27. FINLAND: Singing traditional songs at a celebration in Helsinki
  28. 28. GABON: A program at the Sylvia BONGO ONDIMBA Foundation Center in Libreville
  29. 29. GEORGIA: Programs at a school and the Women’s Information Center in Tbilisi
  30. 30. GERMANY: Honoring families in Stuttgart (above) and Frankfurt (below)
  31. 31. GHANA: Couples receiving a Family Peace Award
  32. 32. ICELAND: A multicultural parade in downtown Reykjavik
  33. 33. INDIA: (Top to bottom) forums in New Delhi, Gangtok , and Lucknow
  34. 34. INDONESIA: Discussion period at a seminar in Jakarta
  35. 35. IRELAND: Conversations among the diverse groups at the Lantern Interfaith Centre in Dublin
  36. 36. ISRAEL: Druze Sheik Ali Birani welcoming community leaders to his home in Daliat El Carmel
  37. 37. JAMAICA: A program in Kingston about balancing spirituality and practical affairs in the family
  38. 38. JAPAN: A forum in Tokyo addressing the challenges facing families in Japan
  39. 39. KAZAKHSTAN: An interactive seminar in Almaty on “The Family as the School of Love”
  40. 40. KENYA: Young performers create a family atmosphere in Nairobi.
  41. 41. LITHUANIA: A program for children in Panevezys
  42. 42. LUXEMBOURG: A presentation on the topic of empathy
  43. 43. MALAYSIA: Games and contests for parents and children in Penang
  44. 44. MALI: A workshop in Bamako on the impact of HIV/AIDS on families
  45. 45. MARSHALL ISLANDS: A forum at the Marshall Islands Resort Hotel in Majuro
  46. 46. MAURITIUS: Children participating in a Family Sport Day at a stadium in Reduit
  47. 47. MOLDOVA: Presenting medals to outstanding families in Chisinau
  48. 48. NEPAL: Giving students school supplies in four schools in Nepal
  49. 49. NETHERLANDS: An intercultural program at a cathedral in The Hague
  50. 50. NEW ZEALAND: An intercultural celebration at a cathedral in Auckland
  51. 51. NICARAGUA: Sharing family experiences at a forum in Managua
  52. 52. NIGER: Current and former government officials addressing a forum in Niamey
  53. 53. NORWAY: A university forum in Oslo on the role of the family in human development
  54. 54. PARAGUAY: A seminar in Asuncion on the importance of marriage
  55. 55. PERU A program in the Peruvian Congress
  56. 56. RUSSIA: Round-table discussions in St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk; a pageant in Moscow
  57. 57. RWANDA: A song about family relationships at a forum in Kigali
  58. 58. SAN MARINO: A broadcast about the importance of families (photo from National TV)
  59. 59. SENEGAL Parents and students at a program at a school in Dakar
  60. 60. SIERRA LEONE: Religious leaders at a forum in Freetown
  61. 61. SOLOMON ISLANDS: Forum at the Rock Havens Inn Hotel in Honiara
  62. 62. SOMALIA: A gathering of more than 500 Somali refugees living in Nairobi
  63. 63. SOUTH KOREA: Participants in a diplomats forum in Seoul
  64. 64. SPAIN: Singing Korean folk songs at a forum in Madrid on Korean culture and family traditions
  65. 65. SRI LANKA: A program for 100 teachers with the Department of Education and UN Volunteers
  66. 66. ST. LUCIA: A workshop in Marisule on “Better Families for Stronger Communities”
  67. 67. TAIWAN: Sharing ideas in Taipei about how parents can pass on their faith to the next generation
  68. 68. THAILAND: A presentation in Bangkok on “The Family as the School of Love”
  69. 69. TURKEY: A symposium in Istanbul with professors from Bosphorus and Yeditepe Universities
  70. 70. UKRAINE: Enjoying a snack with children at the Malyatko Childrens Home in Kiev
  71. 71. UNITED KINGDOM: Discussing challenges facing families at a forum in the House of Lords
  72. 72. UNITED STATES: A forum on Ensuring Work Family Balance at The Washington Times building
  73. 73. VENEZUELA: Youth in Caracas speak of their hope for the future.
  74. 74. ZAMBIA: Sharing experiences of work/family balance in Lusaka
  75. 75. ZIMBABWE: Students and teachers at a celebration in Harare
  76. 76. Universal Peace Federationwww.upf.orgFor details visithttp://upf.org/international-day-of-families-2012
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