World Congress focuses on family during conference

NEW YORK — Many world leaders, ambassadors and United Nations delegates attended the World Congress of Families Conference here May 3-4.

United Families International, the World Family Policy Center at BYU and the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society organized the event, held at the New York City East Side Marriott Hotel.

Janet Museveni, the first lady of Uganda, offered the keynote address at the conference, promoting abstinence and fidelity. "Abstinence before marriage and complete fidelity in marriage is the only way to save the next generation," she said. She also talked about AIDS, noting that strong values and strong families can combat the disease.

In addition, Wade Horn, assistant Secretary of Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spoke, emphasizing the importance of fathers in the home.

Richard Wilkins of the World Family Policy Center at BYU and Sharon Slater, president of United Families International, addressed international policy as it relates to the family.

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