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ALF 10th Anniversary / 13th Annual Heads of Network Meeting (Naples, 27-30/10/2014)‎

More than 250 delegates from forty-four countries attended the Napoli Conference on “The Next Chapter for ‎Mediterranean Dialogue”, organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation on the occasion of its 10th Anniversary. Hosted at the ‎Fondazione Mediterraneo in the framework of the Italian EU Presidency, the Conference brought together civil society ‎networks, regional institutions, media and governments to coordinate international efforts in the face of social crises, ‎cultural regression and unprecedented violence in the region.‎

 

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Closing Ceremony of the ALF Lebanese Network Activity (Le Commodore Hotel - Hamra, 20/10/2014)

The Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO, Head of the Lebanese network for the Anna Lindh Euro-‎Mediterranean Foundation for the dialogue between cultures, held a closing ceremony for the Common Action completed ‎in 2014 by institutions of civil society that are members of the Lebanese network. Various projects implemented in ‎different regions in Lebanon under the theme "Urban space: a factor of solidarity, unity and sharing in our daily life" were ‎presented, among which:‎


‎- A 20-minute documentary on the positive experiences of both Druze and Christian people during the Lebanese war, as ‎an attempt to highlight the positive collective memory (Institute for Islamic-Christian Studies at Saint Joseph University)‎
‎- A pilot project stressing on the participatory approach, involving stakeholders in identifying problems and developing ‎solutions regarding the water issues in the Ras el Ain region in Baalbeck (Ibrahim Abdel Al Foundation for sustainable ‎development and Nahnoo Association)‎
‎- A survey on “Lebanese youth: a future of conflicting identities” towards a national belonging respecting diversity and ‎human dignity (Global Forum for Religions and Humanity and World Youth Alliance)‎
‎- A movable exposition of photographs circulated in schools to introduce the students to Lebanese history and social life ‎during the beginning of the 1920s (Balamand University and Biladi)‎
‎-  Reading workshops in Beirut Tripoli on themes related to civic rights (Asala Publishers and Assabil)

Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission, delivered a speech for the ‎occasion in the presence of member organizations and institutions. ‎

 

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Regional training "Youth in Local Dialogue" (Holiday Inn Dunes - Verdun, 17-21/02/2014)‎

The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the dialogue between cultures organized a regional ‎training on the participation of young people in local public life in Beirut, from 17 to 21 February, in ‎cooperation with the Technical Bureau of Lebanese Cities/ United Cities and Local Governments and the ‎Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO, as the head of the Lebanese Network for the Anna Lindh ‎Foundation, in the framework of the Citizens for Dialogue programme – DAWRAK, and under the patronage of the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities. ‎
The training brought together around 60 participants from the Mashrek countries (Egypt, Palestine, ‎Syria, Lebanon and Jordan), as well as experts from other countries, and aimed at exchanging different ‎experiences and good practices in the field of cooperation between local authorities, civil society and ‎institutions and to develop the capacity of civil society in the field of dialogue management at local level.‎

The opening session was held on Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Dunes Hotel ‎‎– Verdun, in the presence of the Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation Mr. Andreu Claret, the ‎First Counselor and Head of Sustainable Development Studies at the Delegation of the European Union to ‎Lebanon Mr. Marcello Mori, the Head of the Lebanese Network Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, Lebanese ‎Mayors Committee, the Mayor of Beirut Dr. Bilal Hamad, alongside representatives of the Ministries of ‎Interior and Youth, representatives of Euro-Mediterranean embassies, as well as civil society and the ‎media.‎

 

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Opening Ceremony of the Regional Training on "Education for Intercultural Citizenship" (UNESCO Palace, 18/11/2013)

Under the patronage of His Excellency General Michel Sleiman, President of the Lebanese Republic, ‎represented by H.E. Mr. Walid El Daouk, Minister of Information, Adyan Foundation organized, in ‎collaboration with the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO – as the Head of the ALF Lebanese ‎Network, the opening ceremony of the Regional Training on “Education for Intercultural Citizenship”, in the ‎framework of the Citizens for Dialogue programme – Dawrak, launched by the Anna Lindh Foundation and ‎funded by the European Union.‎

The event was inaugurated in the presence of H.E. Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst – head of the ‎European delegation in Lebanon, of the ambassadors of Spain and Egypt, and representatives of the ‎American, British, Iranian and Bulgarian embassies in Lebanon, as well as representatives of spiritual, ‎academic, educational institutions and civil society organizations.‎

The ceremony opened with a speech by the Director of Cross Cultural Studies Department at Adyan ‎Foundation and the Manager of the training, Dr. Nayla Tabbara, who explained that “the workshop is a ‎space for training and capacity building”. Manar Idriss from Palestine spoke on behalf of the participants, ‎and Prof. Fadi Daou, Chairman of Adyan Foundation talked about the role of Adyan in participating in ‎building bridges for citizenship and the importance of implementing such training.‎

The Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission, Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, emphasized ‎the importance of such a training on education for intercultural citizenship in the midst of the current ‎circumstances prevailing in the Arab societies, that seem to be threatened by class, sectarian and political ‎divisions.

Mr. Andreu Claret, Executive director of Anna Lindh Foundation, noted that the training brings together ‎teachers and trainers from Arab countries facing a significant transformation in terms of change, adding ‎that dialogue works when it is a dialogue of people sharing social and cultural experiences and aimed at ‎doing together, at becoming real citizens. ‎

 

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Closing Ceremony of the Common Action implemented by ALF Lebanese Network (04/06/2013)‎

The Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO, being the Head of the Lebanese network of the Anna ‎Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the dialogue between cultures, held a closing ceremony for the ‎Common Action completed in 2013 by institutions of civil society that are members of the Lebanese ‎network. Various projects implemented in different regions in Lebanon under the theme "engaging youth in ‎intercultural dialogue" were presented. Some targeted children through book publications and reading ‎workshops; others targeted youth through workshops and dialogue cafés; while others demonstrated artistic ‎creativity.‎
Participants included Mr. Andreu Claret, Executive Director of the Foundation, who gave a speech for the ‎occasion, Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission, Dr. ‎Antoine Messarra Member of the Advisory Board of the Foundation and Ms. Rasha Shaaban Programme ‎Officer of the Network Coordination Unit at the Anna Lindh Foundation, as well as a number of members of ‎the Lebanese network.‎
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