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Global Day of Parents: Readings


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Readings for the UN Global Day of Parents, June 1,

UPF recalls the purposes and principles of the United Nations as set forth in its Charter, expressing resolve to promote social progress and better standards of living in larger freedom, with a view to the creation of conditions of stability and well-being.

UPF recognizes that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children and that the children, for the full and harmonious development of their personality, should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, harmony, love, and understanding.

UPF is aware of the role of parents everywhere as the primary caregivers and teachers of their children, setting the foundation for success in life. It also recognizes that parenthood requires sacrifice, steadfast love and support, and a commitment to the education of children, our most precious resource for the future.

UPF is appreciative of parents of every race, religion, nationality, and culture the world over for their commitment and acknowledges that parents are the anchors of the family, the cornerstone of society,

Conscious of the fact that the task of good, responsible parenting is of immeasurable importance to promote social and sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals, UPF encourages Member States, government officials, religious leaders, academe, and members of civil society to celebrate the Global Day of Parents each year, honoring parents throughout the world, recognizing that we form one global family.

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Global Day of Parents: Readings

  2. 2. UN General Assembly ResolutionA/RES/66/292 established June 1 as theGlobal Day of Parents, to be observedannually honoring parents throughout theworld.The resolution invites Member States tocelebrate the day in partnership with civilsociety, in particular involving young peopleand children.
  3. 3. UPF honors parents as the anchors of the familyand the cornerstone of society.• The family has the primary responsibility for thenurturing and protection of children.• For the full and harmonious development oftheir personality, children should grow up in afamily environment and in an atmosphere ofhappiness, harmony, love, and understanding.• Parents are the primary caregivers and teachersof their children, setting the foundation forsuccess in life.• Parenthood requires sacrifice, steadfast loveand support, and a commitment to the educationof children, our most precious resource.
  4. 4.  My father, thank you for petting me; Mymother, thank you for making mecomfortable; Thank you for robing me withwisdom, which is more important than robingme with clothes. Slaves will minister untoyou; Servants will be your helpers. Childrenwhich I shall bear will minister unto you.- Yoruba Nuptial Chant (Nigeria)African Traditional Religions
  5. 5.  Those who wish to be born in [the PureLand] of Buddha... should act filially towardstheir parents and support them, and shouldserve and respect their teachers and elders.– Meditation on Buddha Amitayus 27Buddhism
  6. 6.  Children, obey your parents in the Lord: forthis is right. Honor your father and mother;which is the first commandment withpromise; That it may be well with you, andyou may live long on the earth.– Ephesians 6:1-3Christianity
  7. 7.  Now filial piety is the root of all virtue, and the stemout of which grows all moral teaching... Our bodies--to every hair and bit of skin--are received by us fromour parents, and we must not presume to injure orwound them: this is the beginning of filial piety. Whenwe have established our character by the practice ofthe filial course, so as to make our name famous infuture ages, and thereby glorify our parents: this isthe end of filial piety. It commences with the serviceof parents; it proceeds to the service of the ruler; it iscompleted by the establishment of [good] character.– Classic on Filial Piety 1Confucianism
  8. 8.  See the divine in your mother, father,Teacher, and guest.- Taittiriya UpanishadHinduism
  9. 9.  One companion asked, "O Apostle of God! Who is the personworthiest of my consideration?" He replied, "Your mother." Heasked again, "And second to my mother?" The Prophet said,"Your mother." The companion insisted, "And then?" TheMessenger of God said, "After your mother, your father."– Hadith of Bukhari and Muslim Thy Lord has decreed... that you be kind to parents. Whether oneor both of them attain old age in your lifetime, do not say to thema word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms ofhonor. And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility,and say, "My Lord! bestow on them Thy mercy even as theycherished me in childhood."- Quran 17.23Islam
  10. 10.  Honor your father and your mother, that yourdays may be long in the land which the Lordyour God gives you.– Exodus 20.12 There are three partners in man, God, father,and mother. When a man honors his fatherand mother, God says, "I regard it as thoughI had dwelt among them and they hadhonored me."- Talmud, Kiddushin 30bJudaism
  11. 11.  Do not despise the breath of your fathers, Butdraw it into your body. That our roads may reachto where the life-giving road of our sun fathercomes out, That, clasping one another tight,Holding one another fast, We may finish ourroads together; That this may be, I add to yourbreath now. To this end: May my father blessyou with life; May your road reach to DawnLake, May your road be fulfilled.– Zuni PrayerNative American Religions
  12. 12.  Son, why do you quarrel with your father,Due to him you have grown to this age? It isa sin to argue with him.– Adi Granth, Sarang, M.4, p. 1200Sikhism