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Germany supports the UNESCO LiBeirut Initiative with € 500,000

Signature of the funding contract

Signature of the funding contract, © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX

25.11.2020 - Press release
(from right to left) Ambassador Peter Reuss and the Director of the Bureau of Strategic Planning at UNESCO, Mr Jean-Yves Le Saux
(from right to left) Ambassador Peter Reuss and the Director of the Bureau of Strategic Planning at UNESCO, Mr Jean-Yves Le Saux© UNESCO/Christelle ALIX



The Federal Foreign Office is providing € 500,000 to support the stabilisation of 12 historical buildings in danger of collapsing, which were badly damaged by the tremendous explosion. Ambassador Peter Reuss signed the funding contract with the Director of the Bureau of Strategic Planning at UNESCO Jean-Yves Le Saux on 25 November 2020.

The day before, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and the German Minister of State Michelle Müntefering exchanged views in a video conference on the importance of promoting aid measures in the fields of education and culture in Beirut, representing the cornerstones of the city's reconstruction. A total of 640 historic buildings, 6 museums and 24 libraries were badly damaged by the explosion.    

Further Information (in English and French):

https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/aussenpolitik/laenderinformationen/libanon-node/help-for-beirut/2403922

https://fr.unesco.org/news/lallemagne-sengage-aupres-lunesco-rehabilitation-plusieurs-edifices-devastes-beyrouth

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