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UNIC and JCI launch "I Green Beirut"

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15 November 2017
UNIC and JCI launch "I Green Beirut"
Under the patronage of the Municipality of Beirut, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut and Junior Chamber International- Beirut Chapter launched early in November Phase I of an initiative called “I Green Beirut”, in a public event organized in Downtown Beirut to spread environmental awareness and involve the public in planting and creating more green spaces all over Beirut.

The event included training workshops on agriculture and care of household plants and flowers for the entire family, organized by “Nature” Store for its owner Marc Beyrouthy. Visitors also enjoyed recreational activities for children and dance performances by the famous “Mazen Kiwan The Academy.”

Commenting on the event, UNIC Beirut Acting Director Margo Helou said that some of the most important goals of the 2030 Agenda focus on sustainable environment; “and the initiative, which is only in Phase 1, is indeed highly relevant and impactful.” Looking forward to Phase 2, in which youth will be learning how to ‘green’ public spaces, Helou commended JCI’s efforts and stressed the need to capitalize on the potential and momentum created now.

JCI Lebanon Vice President Elie Hanna – for his part- thanked UNIC Beirut team for their support and valuable insight and advice during the preparation for this activity. He promised, on behalf of JCI Beirut chapter, to ‘keep up the good work.’ Hanna explained that while Phase 1 focused on house plants and flowers, Phase 2 aims to widen the compass to include plants and trees in public spaces. JCI, he emphasized, aims to galvanize youth volunteers to plant various public spaces in the city during Phase 2.

Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a nonprofit organization of 200,000 young men and women who are active in the community and dedicated to positive change. To date, JCI has implemented more than 5,000 projects in 120 countries with the aim of providing solutions to local problems in order to create a sustainable global impact.