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19 Nov 2018 description


  • Alors que le monde continue de s’urbaniser à un rythme toujours plus rapide et avec une ampleur sans précédent, les villes payent un tribut de plus en plus lourd aux conflits, aux crises et aux catastrophes naturelles.

  • Un nouveau document de synthèse de la Banque mondiale et de l'UNESCO, intitulé CURE, propose un cadre amélioré, fondé sur la culture, pour la reconstruction et le relèvement des villes.

16 Nov 2018 description

Culture – the “X Factor” for Building Back Better after Conflict and Disasters


- As the world continues to urbanize rapidly, cities are increasingly bearing the brunt of conflicts, crises, and disasters, which have a devastating effect on culture.

- A new World Bank-UNESCO Position Paper, Culture in City Reconstruction and Recovery (CURE), proposes an enhanced culture-based framework for city reconstruction and recovery.

15 Sep 2016 description
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With support from the international community, Lebanon expands free education for all children to include pre-school and secondary educational opportunities

15 September, 2016 – On the eve of the new school year 2016/17, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education convened Lebanon’s largest partnership in support of education under the slogan (‘Ana Hader’/I Am Ready) to reaffirm its commitment to ensure free access to education for all children in Lebanon – Lebanese and non-Lebanese.

04 Jun 2016 description

On 3 June 2016, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova signed a funding agreement with the Ambassador of Kuwait to UNESCO, Mr Meshal Hayat, to support the education of Lebanese youth affected by the Syrian crisis.

28 Jan 2016 description


As the Syria crisis enters into its sixth year in March 2016, a total of 5.4 million Syrian children and youth inside Syria (of whom 2.1 million are out of school) and 1.4 million Syrian refugee children and youth in the five host countries (50 per cent of whom are out of school) are in need of educational assistance.

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12 Jun 2015 description

The State of Kuwait has made an important contribution to UNESCO Education Response to the Syria Crisis. At the solemn handover ceremony held today in the Palais des Nations, Mr Abdulaziz Almuzaini, Director of the UNESCO Geneva Office, received the cheque of US$ 5 million from Dr. Abdullah Al-Matouq, Advisor of His Highness Amir of the State of Kuwait and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy.

24 Feb 2015 description

Capitalizing on the achievements made so far and stressing the need for a holistic and sustained assistance to education systems affected by the Syria crisis, UNESCO is scaling up its response. The conflict in Syria is entering its fifth year and has created a profound humanitarian and development crisis, leaving a devastating impact on access to quality education in countries affected. From the beginning of conflict, more than 3 million children and youth have been forced out of school in Syria.

03 Oct 2014 description

Undefined School Principal, Rola Ayoub, says it gives her a lot of job satisfaction to know that she is helping to build the next generation of responsible adults at Nablus School in Saida City, Lebanon, by providing quality education to young refugees from Palestine. The school is run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which provides assistance and protection to around 5 million registered refugees, including quality education through its 700 schools across Lebanon, Syria, Gaza, West Bank and Jordan.

06 Aug 2014 description


The Syrian crisis entered its fourth year in 2014. Nearly 2.2 million refugees had been registered in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey by the end of 2013 - without including non-registered Syrian and non-Syrian refugees. With the continuing violence and insecurity in Syria, the number of refugees in the region is expected to reach over 4 million by the end of 2014.

Assessments have shown that this massive influx of refugees from Syria has affected the neighbouring countries on various levels; economic, social, political and as regards security.

23 Mar 2014 description

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which provides assistance and protection to nearly five million Palestinian refugees, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formally renew a sixty-four year partnership between the two agencies in support of education for Palestine refugees.

04 Dec 2012 description

The exercise organized on 27 and 28 November to evaluate the functioning of the Tsunami Warning System for the North East Atlantic, Mediterranean and Adjacent Seas has taken place as scheduled. This real-time simulation, based on four scenarios in which earthquakes provoked tsunamis in different regions, demonstrated that the communication system for sending and receiving alert messages to concerned national authorities, worked smoothly.

20 Nov 2012 description

A simulated tsunami will strike the western and eastern coasts of the Mediterranean Sea and the North East Atlantic shoreline on 27 and 28 November, to test the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System for the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas. The exercise, named NEAMWave12, is organized under the umbrella of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

30 Aug 2006 description

UNESCO will assist the Lebanese government by providing support for vocational education, children and youth traumatized by recent events, and helping to preserve the country's rich cultural heritage. These areas of immediate assistance, which will be part of the government's early recovery efforts, were identified during a UNESCO mission to Lebanon last week led by the Director of the Organization's Beirut Office, Abdel Moneim Osman. The mission met with Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Culture Minister Tarek Mitri and Education Minister Khaled Kabbani.

21 Aug 2006 description

Four UNESCO experts today begin a five-day mission in Lebanon where they will meet Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and members of his government to determine how the Organization will help the country's early recovery efforts. "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.