Position paper for The United Nations Educational, Scientific andCultural Organization The topics to be further discussedin the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)are ‘Engaging and Empowering youth through access to technology and media’ and ‘safeguarding cultural heritage of war-torn nation states’. UNESCO was signed onNovember 4th 1946 with the intention of contributing to peace andsecurity. Lebanon has been an influential member ever since UNESCO has started.
I. Engagingand empowering youth through access of technology and media Youth play a significant role onthis planet as they are the future generation, due to the high dependence onyouth in the society, they have a role to play as the future of our communitiesand as the country lies in their hands. Engaging and empowering youth throughtechnology has been a mission for UNESCO as its work embraces educational developmentfrom pre-school through to tertiary education, including technical andvocational education and training. Therefore, UNESCO has established ‘Net-Med’ amedia training programme that promotes young men and women to develop their knowledge. As a member of Net-Med YouthProject, a UNESCO initiative that was funded by EU, UNESCO Beirut office inaugurateda Media training programme for youth NGOs (Non-Governmental Organization) to magnifytheir communication skills, through enabling them to build media relations, extendtheir capacity to produce media material and efficiently monitor this process.
In 2017, UNESCO Beirut inpartnership with “USPEAK” and “Peace in Lebanon” organized media trainingworkshops on video-editing and film-making addressed towards both young womenand men in Lebanon. After obtaining skills that were needed a group ofparticipants were asked to shoot their own video which helps enable the youthto express their views, concerns and perspectives. On May 24th 2017, UNESCO prearrangedan award ceremony where they displayed participant’s different videos thatparticipants have filmed in their societies. As a reward, all participants receiveda valuable certificate for their hard work. II. SafeguardingCultural Heritage of War Torn Nation States Cultural heritage has changedcontent significantly in recent decades, partially owing to the instruments establishedby UNESCO.
Safeguarding Cultural Heritage of War Torn Nation states has been anaim for UNESCO as Cultural heritage hold a great value in knowledge, wealth andskills that have been transmitted from one generation to the next. Safeguardingof Intangible Cultural Heritage has been passed by the UNESCO General Conferencefor the first time in 2003 with the aim of protecting knowledge andexpressions. War torn heritages such as the coastal town of Byblos have beenprotected ever since.
Lebanon holds one of the oldestPhoenician cities which is Byblos. It has been connected to the history of theMediterranean region for thousands of years and it hold a great value as italso holds a diffusion of the Phoenician alphabet. The place is protected bythe Lebanese Antiquities law NO 166 of 1933 and Law 133/1937. As concernsconstruction permits, the same laws stated above are relevant not only withinthe site but also throughout the entire area of Byblos.