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UNESCO's 70th Anniversary Celebration: Seminar, Art Symposium and Culinary Art (UNESCO Palace, ‎‎11/12/2015)‎

Under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Culture Mr. Raymond Araygi, the Lebanese National Commission celebrated UNESCO 70th Anniversary on December 11, 2015 at UNESCO Palace.

The all-day event included several activities, from a seminar on “Culture in the face of violence and discrimination in a changing world”, to an art symposium headed by Artist-Painter Bernard Renno (Vestiges d’Orient Atelier d’Art) depicting UNESCO’s values with the participation of 15 artist-painters, and a festival with dance performances and a zajal competition, as well as culinary art prepared and supervised by Souk el Tayeb. 

The opening session was attended by the Ministers of Culture and Environment, Mr. Raymond Araygi and Mr. Mohammad El-Machnouk, as well as a number of diplomats, among whom, the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Ambassadors of Belgium, Romania, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Korea, Egypt and Representatives of Palestine, Iran, Nigeria and China; and included addresses from the President of the Lebanese National Commission Prof. Henri Awit, from the Director of UNESCO Regional Office Dr. Hamad bin Saif Al-Hammami, from the Minister of Culture Mr. Raymond Araygi, and a keynote speech by Prof. Georges Corm.

After the opening session, a roundtable was moderated by the Secretary General Prof. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, with the participation of the Chief Editor of Assafir Newspaper Mr. Talal Salman, discussing the Print media in facing the culture of violence, the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science (USJ) Dr. Léna Gannage, discussing the Culture of silence and the revival of violence, the Secretary General of the Islamic-Christian National Dialogue Committee Dr. Mohammad Sammak, discussing the Culture of facing terrorism in a changing Middle East, and the President of AUNOHR Dr. Ogarit Younan, discussing Our changing societies: between the spiral of violence and the courage of non-violence.

In the afternoon, the paintings of the Art Symposium headed by Artist-Painter Bernard Renno were unveiled, embodying in colors and shapes UNESCO’s values and objectives.