UN Day of Families 2013

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