UN Day celebrated in Lebanon on 23 October 2009

Thursday, 26 November 2009

The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in Lebanon, in cooperation with the United Nations ‎Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut, organized a ceremony on 23 October 2009, to mark ‎the UN Day and later in the day a reception was held by the UN Special Coordinator for ‎Lebanon Michael Williams to celebrate the occasion. ‎

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the Office of the UN Special Coordinator ‎for Lebanon (UNSCOL) and the Irish-Lebanese Cultural Foundation participated in the ‎Kaslik event, which was also held under the auspices of the Information Minister Tarek ‎Mitri. The ceremony was attended by Mitri, senior clergymen, representatives from UN ‎agencies in Lebanon, diplomats and a number of students. ‎

Presentations were made by Chief of Staff of UNSCOL Jack Christofides, UNIC Beirut ‎Director Bahaa Elkoussy, UNIFIL Spokesperson Yasmina Bouziane and Chairman of ‎the Irish-Lebanese Cultural Foundation Guy Younes (Ireland WLCU chapter). ‎

The presentations focused on the history of the UN, some of its achievements in Lebanon ‎and worldwide, and on the role of UNIFIL. Elkoussy also briefed the audience on the ‎basic facts and structure of the UN, as well as the various achievements of UN agencies ‎in Lebanon. ‎

The UN Day reception later in the evening at the Sursock Gardens in Beirut was attended ‎by high-ranking figures, including representatives of the President, House Speaker and ‎the Prime Minister, as well as members of parliament, ministers, diplomats, UN partners ‎in Lebanon, UN staff and the media. ‎

Meanwhile, the United Nations Economic and Social Change for Western Asia ‎‎(ESCWA) Staff Council marked the UN Day at the UN House in Beirut on 23 ‎October, by hosting a perception for the staff members.‎


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