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UN Day of Families 2013

Observances of the United Nations International Day of Families 2013 organized by the Universal Peace Federation in various nations. The theme for 2013 was Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "Around the world, family members are doing their part. They deserve support from policy-makers and decision-makers, from public institutions and private businesses. There is a growing recognition around the world that we need to strengthen policies promoting intergenerational solidarity and support intergenerational programmes and initiatives. Evidence shows that adequate pensions and caregiver support help not only older persons but whole families. Intergenerational programmes promoting volunteering among the young and old benefit all generations. Opportunities for people of all ages to bond revitalize whole communities. Intergenerational initiatives also address global development priorities. They counteract inequality and exclusion, encourage active citizenship and even improve public infrastructure through community-based projects."

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.

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UN Day of Families 2013

  1. 1. Universal Peace Federation observances in 2013 Albania Argentina Armenia Brazil Burkina Faso Colombia Congo Cote d’Ivoire Czech Rep. DR Congo Ecuador Estonia Georgia Germany India Indonesia Jamaica Japan Kazakhstan Lithuania Malaysia Marshall Isl. Moldova Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Norway Peru Russia Rwanda Sri Lanka St. Lucia Suriname Taiwan Thailand Togo UK Ukraine
  2. 2. The International Day of Families, May 15, is celebrated 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.
  3. 3. Families hold societies together, and intergenerational relationships extend this legacy over time. This year’s International Day of Families is an occasion to celebrate connections among all members of the constellation that makes up a family. It is also an opportunity to reflect on how they are affected by social and economic trends – and what we can do to strengthen families in response. -UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
  4. 4. Tirana, Albania: Old and young enjoying an evening of stimulating presentations and sharing
  5. 5. Buenos Aires, Argentina: A celebration honoring couples who have been married for many years
  6. 6. Yerevan, Armenia: A sports program for families
  7. 7. Brasilia, Brazil: A program at the Federal Senate on Valuing Life and Empowering Families
  8. 8. Bamfora, Burkina Faso: A seminar for families
  9. 9. Bogota, Colombia: A national gathering of women for peace
  10. 10. Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo: A UN representative reading the Secretary-General’s message
  11. 11. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire: New Ambassadors for Peace appointed at an Abidjan City Hall program
  12. 12. Kinshasa: DR Congo: Discussion during a seminar about the importance of the family
  13. 13. Prague, Czech Republic: A Conference on “The Role of the Family in Today’s Changing World”
  14. 14. Quito, Ecuador: A celebration in the Hall of the National Union of Journalists
  15. 15. Tallinn, Estonia: Lecturing to students on “The Family as the School of Love”
  16. 16. Tbilisi, Georgia: Posters and poetry about families at school #136
  17. 17. Stuttgart, Germany: A lecture followed by a lively discussion about the “Five Languages of Love”
  18. 18. West Bengal, India: A program on the family as the school of love
  19. 19. Madhya Pradesh, India: A program on the family as the school of love
  20. 20. Uttar Pradesh, India: A program on the family as the school of love
  21. 21. Medan, Indonesia: A program at the Islamic University of North Sumatra
  22. 22. Kingston, Jamaica: A forum for Ambassadors for Peace
  23. 23. Tokyo, Japan: Working together to clean up the environment in the Setagaya ward
  24. 24. Panevezys, Lithuania: Recognition of outstanding families
  25. 25. Almaty, Kazakhstan: A program of speeches and poems about families
  26. 26. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Honoring mothers at a “Happy, Healthy Family Symposium”
  27. 27. Majuro, Marshall Islands: A symposium at a hotel
  28. 28. Chisinau, Moldova: A concert in the City Hall on “Family Creates Values – Values Create Family”
  29. 29. Chisinau, Moldova: A program at the Construction College
  30. 30. Chisinau, Moldova: A program at the Polytechnic College
  31. 31. Chisinau, Moldova: A program at the Slavonic University
  32. 32. Kathmandu, Nepal: Serving a meal to orphans and children who are victims of the conflict
  33. 33. Biratnagar, Nepal: Honoring parents and grandparents by donating food for a festive meal
  34. 34. Chitwan, Nepal: Awarding prizes to student winners of a lecture contest about the family
  35. 35. Nepalguni, Nepal: Donating blankets for newborn babies
  36. 36. Pokhara, Nepal: A forum at Manakamana Temple's Shava Hall
  37. 37. The Hague, Netherlands: New Ambassadors for Peace appointed at the end of a program
  38. 38. Oslo, Norway: A forum on child development at the Diakonhjemmet University College
  39. 39. Auckland, New Zealand: A Tongan church choir singing during a program.
  40. 40. Lima, Peru: Speakers at a forum at the national Congress include a UN representative.
  41. 41. Trujillo, Peru: Two International Day of Families programs
  42. 42. Moscow, Russia: A forum with visiting Israelis on the theme “Goodness without Borders”
  43. 43. Moscow, Russia: Distributing leaflets with messages of goodwill
  44. 44. Khabarovsk, Russia: A program on family values for first graders at Gymnasium No. 8
  45. 45. Novosibirsk, Russia: Inter-regional conference on the topic: “Everything Begins with the Family”
  46. 46. Novosibirsk, Russia: Young musicians playing at a concert for veterans
  47. 47. Ryazan, Russia: A program featuring cultural performances by people from several nations
  48. 48. Ryazan, Russia: A presentation to girls at a detention center on the Family as the School of Love
  49. 49. St. Petersburg, Russia: Taking parents and children on a tour of the city’s historical sites
  50. 50. Vladivostok, Russia: NGO representatives sharing about their experiences working with families
  51. 51. Kigali, Rwanda: A forum featuring several speakers
  52. 52. Negambo, Sri Lanka: A forum at St. Peter’s College for students and Education Department staff
  53. 53. Castries, St. Lucia: A forum on issues facing families
  54. 54. Paramaribo, Suriname: A forum on the causes and elimination of domestic violence
  55. 55. Taipei, Taiwan: A program promoting international service opportunities for women
  56. 56. Bangkok, Thailand: A seminar on families attended by people from 16 provinces
  57. 57. Khok Mali, Thailand: A seminar for students and families in the Kalasin Province
  58. 58. Lome, Togo: New Ambassadors for Peace appointed at the conclusion of a program
  59. 59. London, UK: A program with speakers describing extended families in various cultures
  60. 60. Kiev, Ukraine: Planting peach trees at an orphanage