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Conference of UNESCO Clubs from both shores of the Mediterranean: The role of UNESCO Clubs in facing ‎the challenges of the modern world (6-8/02/2014)‎

The Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized in partnership with the Rotary Club de Beyrouth 1931, and ‎under the patronage of the Minister of Culture, Mr. Gaby Layoun a conference of UNESCO Clubs from both shores of the ‎Mediterranean: The role of UNESCO clubs in facing the challenges of the modern world.‎
The conference, held in Beirut from 6 to 8 February 2014, was attended by the President and the Vice-President of the ‎World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations, the President of the Arab Federation of UNESCO ‎Clubs, presidents and members of UNESCO Clubs in France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, and ‎Lebanon.‎
Major themes discussed during the sessions were: violence: its causes, manifestations and means of dissolution; ‎discrimination and exclusion; isolationism and radicalism; social transformations. Issues were raised by academics, ‎while club representatives presented the initiatives and activities undertaken in response to these challenges. The ‎participants were invited to spend the third day of the conference in Nabatieh, where they were welcomed by the Vice-‎President of the Middle East region of the Arab Federation of UNESCO Clubs, and the President of Nabatieh UNESCO ‎Club, Dr. Mostapha Badreddine. Participants were introduced to the main activities of the Club, and visited the city and ‎the historical site Beaufort castle, as well as the tomb of the Lebanese inventor Hassan Kamel al-Sabbah.‎
The closing lecture “Towards a universal solidarity” was given by Prof. Joseph Maïla at the UNESCO Palace, and ‎organized in cooperation with Saint-Joseph University. ‎
The conference concluded with the drafting of the “Beirut Declaration”, which will be published by the Lebanese National ‎Commission for UNESCO.‎
A gala dinner, was hosted by the Rotary Club de Beyrouth 1931, in honor of the participants and in the presence of the ‎Minister of Culture at the Holiday Inn Dunes – Verdun.‎ 

 

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