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UNIC Beirut, UNESCO embark on a new cultural journey with International Center of Human Sciences

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27 June 2019
UNIC Beirut, UNESCO embark on a new cultural journey with International Center of Human Sciences
At the heart of medieval ancient town ‘Byblos’, the UNESCO regional office and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut partnered with the International Center of Human Sciences (CISH) in launching the Centre’s activities revolving around cultural dialogue and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in an enchanting archeological atmosphere.
The event, held under the patronage and in the presence of Lebanese Minister of Culture Mohamed Daoud, featured a short video of CISH’s reinvigorated activities, highlighting the momentous changes introduced to the Center. The ceremony also featured keynote speeches by the Minister, the Director of UNESCO’s Regional Office for Education in the Arab States Hamed Al Hammami and CISH Director Darina Saliba.
In her speech, CISH Director told the audience of approximately 100 people that “UNIC Beirut will be partnering with the Center in implementing workshops and seminars to increase awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and promote cultural dialogue as an invaluable asset to the achievement of human rights and the preservation of peace.” 

For his part, Al-Hammami said: “We will not achieve the SDGs if humanities are not an integral part of our understanding and actions.” Stressing CISH leading role in “developing and operationalizing the New Humanities Agenda for the 21st Century” that generated from the 2017 World Humanities Conference, Hammami assured the audience that CISH will be “a natural partner in UNESCO’s efforts to globally promote and support humanities and culture.”

The launching ceremony culminated in a cocktail reception in the presence of Members of Parliament and high-ranking government officials, in addition to the Ambassadors of Chili, Columbia and Indonesia, as well as academics, experts on social and cultural issues, representatives of Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector. 

CISH is a hub where scientists, researchers and scholars meet to exchange knowledge and expertise in the fields of social and human sciences. It is a platform for implementing cultural and educational activities, including international fora and workshops. CISH adopts an eco-friendly framework for its facilities, and support activities that promote sustainable development and raise awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).