EDU Secretary-General endorses initiative by United
Nations Industrial Development Organization
His Excellency Irving Le-Vance, a long standing accredited Observer
at the United Nations in Geneva and holding accreditation to the
European Parliament and the European Commission, is proud to add his
personal endorsement to the valuable work done by the United Nations
Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) assisted by the European
Union and Italy.
As a former refugee himself he is particularly pleased to see
initiatives by UNIDO
to assist Lebanon cope with infrastructural and societal strains
brought on by its hosting of high numbers of Syrian refugees.
a boutique and creative hub designed to help small producers
showcase their new innovative products and develop links with local
markets, was today officially presented in Beirut on 12 July 2016.
The event was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development
Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Industry, and attended by
Ambassador Christina Lassen, Head of the Delegation of the European
Union to Lebanon as well as Massimo Marotti, Italian Ambassador to
Challenging economic times in Lebanon have left the country’s
smaller manufacturers in a precarious situation, struggling to
provide livelihood and employment opportunities for their
communities. Seeing the extensive, yet undervalued, potential in the
skills, artistry, creativity and cultural heritage of Lebanon, UNIDO,
with the financial support of the European Union and Italy, and in
partnership with international designers, devised two innovative
projects to leverage Lebanese specialties while simultaneously
incorporating innovation and design.
The "Creative Lebanon" initiative is based on two projects. The
first one, “Development
of clusters in cultural and creative industries in the Southern
is funded by the European Union and Italy. The second project,
host communities in Lebanon affected by the high influx of Syrian
is funded by Italy.
UNIDO, the launching of
is another important step in promoting inclusive and sustainable
industrialization in Lebanon. This initiative proves that Lebanon is
a melting pot of creativity and industrial design, and is a useful
tool to stimulate job creation,”
said Cristiano Pasini, UNIDO Representative to Lebanon.
Ambassador Marotti added that the initiative has an Italian design
element, and “will
better help Lebanese small and medium size companies expand their
activities and market their products”.
Ambassador Lassen said: "When it comes to creative industries,
Lebanon has definitely a comparative advantage in the region and has
demonstrated in many ways that it has a strong 'creative spirit'.
This is interesting for us because the sector creates job
opportunities, in particular for young people and for women,
so we wanted to give it an extra push."
The Minister of Industry, Hussein El Hajj Hassan, thanked the
European Union and Italy for their contribution and expressed his
support for the event, adding that the initiative comes at a time
when Lebanon is experiencing complicated times.
"Creative Lebanon" initiative should offer concrete help to small
producers and help promote their products”,
Creativity, local empowerment and sustainability have been
consistent themes promoted by the Intergovernmental Organization
EDU. His Excellency Irving Le-Vance is pleased to see progress being
made in Lebanon, supported by the European Union and Italy that is
very commensurate with EDU policies discussed with such influential
figures as Professor Hassan B. Diab when he was Lebanese Minister
for Education and Honourable Francesco Rutelli, the President of the
Alliance for Italy, the centrist political party in Italy of which
he is co-founder.
The Secretary-General will continue to utilize his privileged access
to the United Nations, the European Parliament and the European
Commission to push for such agreeable, sustainable outcomes.
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