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“With the world’s conflicts growing ever daily in the 21st century, it is extremely encouraging to see congressional members, diplomats and civil society and, most importantly, children coming together to support and launch Global Family Day on January 1, 2009,” said Dominick Chilcott, deputy chief of mission at the British Embassy, which hosted a reception to support the initiative.

Noel Brown, president of the Friends of the United Nations, presented a humanitarian award to Linda Grover, co-founder of Global Family Day. Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, is the other co-founder.

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