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UNESCO experts went on a five-day mission to Lebanon

A team of experts from UNESCO went to Lebanon last week to assess the damage to cultural heritage sites and evaluate the post-conflict status of the education system. “In view of the situation in the field, it is now possible for UNESCO to start assisting Lebanon in its early recovery efforts, particularly with regard to cultural heritage and education,” announced the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura.
The mission visited some of the country’s World Heritage sites including Byblos, which has been affected by the oil spill from a power station that was hit by bombs in mid-July, as well as Tyre and Baalbek. The experts will explore the means of protecting these cultural heritage sites, including countering – as necessary – the looting of cultural property. Alleged damage to the Old City of Acre in Israel will be subject to another evaluation.

This mission ensures UNESCO’s participation in the United Nation’s efforts to contribute to the early recovery and reconstruction process lead by the Lebanese authorities, who are expected to present their plans at the upcoming Stockholm Conference on 31 August 2006.

The Director-General also announced that two follow-up missions will be sent at a later date: one mission will focus on a wide range of cultural issues and another, intersectoral mission will assess needs in education, science and communication. “These missions are crucial for UNESCO’s reconstruction work in the region,” stated Mr Matsuura.

Press Release N°2006-103

Director-General’s website

Official UNESCO communiqués on the current situation in Lebanon

Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
(1954 Hague Convention)

Photo: © UNESCO/ B. Benoit - Zabbal
Tyre, a World Heritage site in Lebanon.
Publication Date 25-08-2006 3:00 pm
Publication Date 25-08-2006 3:00 pm
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