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Of the very few General Conferences of Unesco held outside the Organization Headquarters was the one held in Beirut Lebanon in 1948.

Upon the kind invitation of the Lebanese government, then represented by the Minister on Foreign affairs and Education, the third session of the General Conference of Unesco was held in Beirut Lebanon between November 17 and December 11, 1948. The Unesco Palace, which served as the venue for the General Conference 3rd Session, was built especially for the occasion and was inaugurated at its opening meeting.

In recognition of the efforts exerted, the General Conference of Unesco, adopted at the conclusion of its third session, the following resolution:

Unesco 1948 General Conference:

"Deeply touched by the generous hospitality of the Lebanese authorities,
Keenly alive to the interest shown by the people of Lebanon in Unesco and its aims and ideals, an interest which is evident of the close kinship between Unesco and traditional Lebanese aspirations,
The General Conference
Expresses
To His Excellency Sheik Bechara El-Khoury, President of the Republic of Lebanon,
To the members of the Government, Specially to His Excellency Hamid Bey Frangie, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Education,
Its deep gratitude
For their cordial invitation to Unesco to hold the Third Session of its Conference at Beirut, for the unsurpassable facilities they have furnished to Unesco, enabling it to hold its meetings in the splendid building specially erected for its reception , and for the unstinting help they have given to Unesco in every direction, for the purpose of ensuring the organization and success of the Conference;
Expresses further its gratitude to Monsieur Maroun for all his efforts towards the preparation and organization of the Conference.
Also, The General Conference,
Recognizing the devoted collaboration extended to Unesco by the Lebanese Press, both in the preparatory stages of the Conference and throughout its work,
Thanks the members of the Lebanese Press for the notice they have given to Unesco, for their ready response to its appeal and for their wide publicizing of the results of the Conference. It is through their help that the public opinion of the Lebanon and, beyond the national frontiers, world opinion have been kept informed from day to day of the progress of the Conference and have been able to realize Unesco's contribution to the development of trustful relations between the peoples and to the maintenance of peace"

Nineteenth plenary meeting
11 December 1948