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Observances of the UN International Day of Families, May 15, 2014, with the theme "Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals."

Observances of the UN International Day of Families, May 15, 2014, with the theme "Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals."

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  • 1. UNIVERSAL PEACE FEDERATION Albania, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Cambodia, Czech Republic, DR Congo, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, UK, US, Zambia
  • 2. “Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals” "By providing economic and emotional sustenance to their members, families can raise productive, caring citizens committed to the common good," UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon said in his statement about this year's theme, "Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals." He added that strong, well- functioning families can help "reduce poverty, improve the wellbeing of mothers, promote gender equality and uphold human rights." UPF chapters organized a variety of events commemorating the UN International Day of Families, May 15, 2014. UPF promotes this UN observance because it considers the family as a microcosm of the global community and peace as grounded in the family as the most intimate social unit, the school of love.
  • 3. ALBANIA: Forum in Tirana
  • 4. ALBANIA: Forum in Shkodra
  • 5. ALBANIA: Forum in Vlora
  • 6. ARGENTINA: Honoring couples who have been married 25 years or more
  • 7. AUSTRIA: Forum in Vienna
  • 8. BANGLADESH: Forum hosted at Dhaka University
  • 9. BARBADOS: Seminar in Bridgetown
  • 10. CAMBODIA: Program at an orphanage in Kanadal Province
  • 11. CZECH REPUBLIC: Conference in the Parliament
  • 12. DR Congo: Couples in Bukavu honored for faithfulness in marriage
  • 13. ECUADOR: Program in Quito at the Central University of Ecuador
  • 14. FIJI: Sharing food and music with the elderly in Suva
  • 15. FINLAND: Forum in Helsinki
  • 16. FRANCE: Forum in Paris on “The Family as a School of Peace”
  • 17. GERMANY: Forum in Frankfurt on values taught in schools
  • 18. GERMANY: Forum in Stuttgart about strengthening marriage and family
  • 19. INDIA: Program at the YWCA in Chennai
  • 20. INDONESIA: Program at school SMA Kartika 3 in Medan
  • 21. INDONESIA: Program at the State University of Medan
  • 22. ITALY: An interreligious program in Bergamo on “Faith in the Family”
  • 23. JAPAN: Families cleaning along the streets of Tokyo
  • 24. KENYA: Youth in Nairobi gave speeches, sang and offered prayers
  • 25. MALAYSIA: Speeches and games in a Kuala Lumpur park
  • 26. NETHERLANDS: An interreligious and intercultural program in The Hague
  • 27. NEW ZEALAND: Program in Auckland
  • 28. NIGERIA: Ambassadors for Peace conference in Uyo, Awka Ibom State
  • 29. NIGERIA: Peace education conference in Lagos
  • 30. NORWAY: A forum in Oslo about Perspectives on the Family
  • 31. PERU: Recognizing couples in Lima married more than 20 years
  • 32. PERU: Programs in 3 districts of Trujillo
  • 33. UK: Program in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 34. US: Program in Washington DC
  • 35. ZAMBIA: Forum in Lusaka
  • 36. “The family is the natural framework for nurturing altruism, and family norms should inform a society of peace in its economic, political and religious dimensions.” – Jacques Marion, President, UPF-France © 2014 UNIVERSAL PEACE FEDERATION For more information please visit: upf.org