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For Second Year in a Row, UNIC Beirut & Design Pillars launch Family Fun Festival in Lebanon

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03 July 2017
For Second Year in a Row, UNIC Beirut & Design Pillars launch Family Fun Festival in Lebanon
The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut launched the second edition of the 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.

Held at Beirut Waterfront, the four-day festival opened with the release of a huge number of balloons that colored the evening skies of Lebanon. It included numerous attractions, activities and games for people of all ages, in addition to an exquisite food area and a big exhibition area for local and international producers/designers, and 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, Beirut Municipality, Solidere and Design Pillars, a public and private event organization.

Lebanese Minister of Tourism Avedis Guidanian and Acting UNIC Beirut Director Margo El Helou were present at the opening ceremony, alongside Lebanese officials. Both underscored the timeliness of this Festival ahead of a promising Summer season in Lebanon, and emphasized the importance of strengthening family values among communities.

The concept of this event came up on the occasion of the International Day of Families, observed every year on 15 May. The Festival sheds light on the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 11 on “making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,” and Goal 17 on “strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing 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.

The proceeds of the festival went to Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Karagheusian NGO, and Dr. Mohammed Khaled Social Foundations.