UNIC Beirut promotes SDGs 3 & 17 via Christmas Spirit

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11 December 2018
UNIC Beirut promotes SDGs 3 & 17 via Christmas Spirit
On Wednesday 5 December, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut inaugurated a 5-day Christmas village in an ambiance of glory and joy, with the aim to support ‘Kids First’ Association and other humanitarian initiatives in Lebanon that provide medical care to children suffering from cancer, and contribute to the wellbeing of poor families in Lebanon.

Organized by “Art-Monit” event organizer company in collaboration with “ELLE oriental” magazine and UNIC Beirut, the Christmas village entitled “Noël avec ELLE” was opened by UNIC Beirut Public Information Officer Cynthia Khoury in the presence of Miss Lebanon 2017 and other celebrities and media figures. It brought together more than 50 persons who joined the good cause.

The event succeeded in galvanizing support from private and civic actors alike to humanitarian assistance, and helped spread a pleasant and warm atmosphere of family bonding, caring and giving. Through this event, UNIC Beirut launched an indirect call for support to children and families in need, aspiring by that to contribute to SDG 3 on ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being of people at all ages. The event also fell within the framework of SDG17 on establishing partnerships for the goals.

“Ensuring healthy and decent lives for all requires a strong com¬mitment from all stakeholders, in order to benefit those who are left behind,” said Khoury in the opening of the Christmas village. “Helping families surmount health problems will surely help them live Christmas festivities in a healthy and blessed environment,” she added.

The Christmas village included shops by local designers offering special decoration and gifts, in addition to workshops and masterclasses targeting women and children empowerment, Christmas parades, recreational activities for kids, and a wide variety of Christmas sweets and food.