In the framework of the National Reading Week launched by the Ministry of Culture for the year 2012, the Lebanese National Commission for Unesco organized, in collaboration with Rotary Club Tripoli – Maarad and Safadi Foundation, a ceremony in honor of the poet Mohammed Ali Chamseddine at the Safadi Cultural Center in Tripoli, in the presence of Mrs. Mona Safadi, vice-president of Safadi Foundation, Prof. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission for Unesco, Mrs. May Monla, President of Rotary Club Tripoli – Maarad, as well as a number of intellectuals, writers, academics and university students.
On the occasion of the International Day of Francophonie (Presidency of the Lebanese University - Museum, 20/03/2012)
On the occasion of the International Day of Francophonie, on March 20, the Lebanese National Commission for Unesco and the Lebanese University organized, under the patronage of the Minister of Culture, Mr. Gaby Layoun, an encounter with the Syrian francophone novelist Myriam Antaki, to discuss the French language and the francophone literature in Syria. Attendees were Mr. Michel de Chadarevian representing the Minister of Culture, the President’s representative before la Francophonie Prof. Khalil Karam, President of CNRS Prof. Georges Tohme, H.E Prof. Ibrahim Najjar, and other academic and literary personalities.
The encounter was followed by selected readings from francophone Lebanese writers, presented by two students of the University.
Seminar on “Arabic Language and its Role in Building a Culture for Children and Adolescents” (Presidency of the Lebanese University - Museum, 21/02/2012)
The Lebanese National Commission and the Lebanese University co-organized a seminar on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day on the "Arabic Language and its Role in Building a Culture for Children and Adolescents" under the patronage of the Minister of Culture Mr. Gaby Layoun, represented by Dr. Adonis Akra, and in the presence of the President of the University, Dr. Adnan Sayyid Hussein represented by the Dean of the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Dr. Wafaa Berry, and a number of scholars and activists in the field of literature of children and adolescents, and publishing houses in Lebanon.
The seminar aimed at encouraging actors in the book industry (writer, editor, libraries) to produce quality books for youth, to help develop independent and self-fulfilling human beings.
The Lebanese National Commission for Unesco, in collaboration with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), organized a regional workshop on “Reproductive Health and Gender Equality”, under the patronage of the Minister of Social Affairs, Mr. Wael Abou Faour.
The workshop aimed at pointing out the achievements of various Arab and Islamic countries in the field, following the Cairo conference in 1994 and the Doha conference in 2009, at highlighting the needs and problems to be solved, at formulating recommendations to improve reproductive health in accordance with Islamic and human values, and at fighting against harmful customs that threaten the health of women and gender equality.
Participants were experts specialized in women’s issues, and the health of the family and society, coming from Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, Egypt, Bahrain, UAE, Algeria, Sudan, Iraq, Palestine, Yemen and Lebanon.
The General Assembly, after its formation and the appointment of Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour as the new Secretary General, held its first meeting at the LNCU headquarters, and elected Dr. Henri Awit as President, and Dr. Moueen Hamze and Dr. Abbas al-Halabi Vice-Presidents, as well as the members of the executive bureau: Dr. Claudia Abi Nader, Dr Nassif Azzi, Dr. Omar Nashabe and Dr. Wafaa Berry.
The four program committees were also formed as follow:
Education Committee: Dr. Claudia Abi Nader, Dr. Ilham Komaty, Dr. Fadi Yarak, Dr. Yousef Assy, Dr. Edgard Traboulsi,
Culture Committee: Ms. Raya Daouk, Dr. Mitri Nabhan, Dr. Ahmed El-Amine, Dr. Omar Halablab, Mr. Levon Nordiguian,
Science Committee: Dr. Assaad Saif, Dr. Amal Habib, Dr. Moueen Hamze
Communication and Information Committee: Dr. Wafaa Berry, Dr. Omar Nashabe, Dr. Khalil Karam, Mr. Michel Habis.
Following the briefing presented by the former Secretary General, Mrs. Salwa Saniora Baassiri, on the Commission's activities and achievements, and the financial report, the members of the Assembly General expressed their appreciation for the work of the former Commission with its president and members, and particularly for the outstanding efforts made by the former Secretary General.
On the occasion of World Philosophy Day, and in line with the annual practice, the Lebanese National Commission organized under the patronage and in the presence of the Minister of Culture Mr. Gaby Layoun, a seminar on “Freedom from a Philosophical Perspective and Freedom in Practice”. In observing this annual ritual, the National Commission aims at reinforcing the standing of philosophy in the Lebanese society and aspires to offer an open space for interaction and reflection on various humanitarian issues of concern. Eight speakers intervened during the seminar: Minister Gaby Layoun, the Secretary General Salwa Saniora Baassiri, Dr. Ziad Baroud, Dr. Ali Omlil, Dr. Waddah Nasr, Dr. Antoine Seif, Dr. Nassif Azzi and Dr. Henri Awit.
- Expert Meeting on “Establishing a Platform for Higher Education in the Muslim World” (20-22/06/2011)
- Roundtable on the Publication "The Contemporary Arab Art: Legacy and Modernism" (28/09/2011)
- Seminar on “Dealing with Climate Change” (05/10/2010)
- Training session for public libraries on “Human Rights Education” (28/07/2010)