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UNIC Beirut launches First Family Fun Festival in Lebanon
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UNIC Beirut launches First Family Fun Festival in Lebanon

The UN Information Centre in Beirut has launched the first Family Fun Festival in Lebanon to promote awareness on the importance of strong family bonds and a healthy and sustainable environment, and increase knowledge on the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

The four-day festival, which included numerous attractions, activities, games, educational and awareness workshops for people of all ages, in addition to an exquisite food area and a big exhibition area for Lebanese and international products, attracted more than 15,000 visitors across Lebanon who enjoyed quality time together.

The Festival was the fruit of a partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Beirut, Beirut Municipality and Design Pillars, a company for public, corporate and private events.

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini and UNIC Beirut Director Margo Helou were present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, alongside Lebanese officials.

The concept of this event came up on the occasion of the International Day of Families, observed every year on 15 May. The festival highlights the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal number 17, “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.” A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships among governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships, built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the center, are needed at all levels in Lebanon.

One week ahead of the festival, UNIC Beirut and Design Pillars had organized a press conference to announce the event that was attended by Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon, who praised the amazing work carried out by the UN, civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to promote tourism in Lebanon.