Rebuilding heritage, culture and education #ForBeirut

Publication Year:
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

On year later, our thoughts are with the victims of the horrific #BeirutBlast, their families and friends, and with all the people of #Lebanon. We stand in solidarity with the Lebanese people. Together, we will build a brighter future #ForBeirut and with Beirut.

Following the devastating twin explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, on 4 August 2020, UNESCO is mobilizing leading organizations and experts from Lebanon and abroad in an effort to coordinate emergency and longer-term measures to safeguard the city’s severely damaged education system and cultural heritage. The explosions claimed hundreds of lives and left thousands injured also inflicting severe damages to some of Beirut’s most historic neighbourhoods, major museums, galleries and religious sites at a time when Lebanon was already reeling from other crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic.UNESCO extends its deepest condolences to the families of the impacted and renews its strong support to the city of Beirut.

UNESCO presents TERDAD 2021: a festival for the revival of cultural life in Beirut #Li_Beirut


UNESCO will ensure that education and culture are a central part of reconstruction efforts

Mobilizing the International Community to Safeguard Beirut’s Cultural Life and Heritage


UNESCO hosted three virtual ResiliArt debates in the framework of its action #ForBeirut to mobilize support for the recovery of the Lebanese capital, which was devastated by two explosions at its port on 4 August. 

  • On 10 September 2020, from 7 pm to 8.30 pm (CET). OnResiliArt Lebanon: Defending cultural diversity through creativityFOLLOW THE DEBATE HERE.
  • On 17 September 2020, ResiliArt Lebanon: Museums and Art Galleries for the Return of Cultural Life in Beirut FOLLOW THE DEBATE HERE.
  • On 24 September 2020, ResiliArt Lebanon: Bridging the Past and Future through Built Heritage FOLLOW THE DEBATE HERE.


Beirut, UNESCO Creative City for Literature

UNESCO Creative City of Literature

Following the explosions that halted the lives of hundreds of inhabitants and caused severe damages to the historic neighborhoods and cultural institutions in Beirut, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, the 246 UNESCO Creative Cities around the world have conveyed solidarity messages, launched fundraising campaigns, donated food and medicines, as well as organized cultural and educational activities highlighting Beirut’s vibrant cultural heritage, creativity, and scene.

To further highlight the various solidarity initiatives undertaken by the Creative Cities, the Secretariat of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, with the technical support of Enghien-les-Bains, a Creative City of Media Arts, developed a video in this regard. The video further calls upon each and every one of us to support UNESCO’s Li Beirut initiative in order to help the city of Beirut in its recovery.



UNESCO Creative Cities unite for Beirut


UNESCO launches Li Beirut in Support of the Lebanese People

Li Beirut Fund to Help Revive the City's landscape and Cultural Life (video)


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