In Lebanon, just like all over the world, UNESCO is convinced that no development can be sustainable without a strong culture component. Indeed only a human-centred approach to development based on mutual respect and open dialogue among cultures can lead to lasting, inclusive and equitable results.
Through its divers programme in Lebanon, UNESCO Office in Beirut focuses particularly on placing culture in the heart of social reconciliation and sustainable development.
With the aim to ensure that culture takes it rightful place in development strategies and processes, UNESCO Office in Beirut is supporting the Lebanese government through a three-pronged approach:
- It spearheads advocacy for culture and development,
- It engages with the local community to set clear policies and legal frameworks,and
- It works on the ground to support the government and local stakeholders to safeguard heritage, strengthen creative industries and encourage cultural pluralism.