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Second annual meeting of Art Gold

The Council for Development and Reconstruction and the Art Gold - project of the United Nations Development Program in Lebanon organized the second annual meeting which was held on Monday December 7, 2009 at the headquarters of the Council for Development and Reconstruction.

The meeting was attended by the Resident Representative of UNDP, Ms. Marta Ruedas, and the President of the Council for Development and Reconstruction Eng.  Nabil El-Jisr. The meeting was also attended by representatives of donor countries: His Excellency the Italian Ambassador Gabriel Checchia, H.E. the Ambassador of Spain Mr. Juan Carlos Ghaffo and H.E. the Belgian Ambassador Mr. Johan Verkammen in addition to the team work of the Council for Development and Reconstruction and the team work of the United Nations Development Program and the working group of Art Gold Lebanon and Geneva.

Eng. Nabil El-Jisr opened the meeting by welcoming the attendance and highlighted the launching of the project in 2007 with a grant from the Italian State, and noted that the project is continuing its activities through donations from Spain, Belgium and the Principality of Monaco.

In her address Ms. Ruedas  praised the participation of donor countries in the project, which ensured continuity of the project in local development activities which focuses on the poorest areas in Lebanon.

Following the opening speeches, a presentation was made by the project manager of Art Gold Lebanon Mr. Francesco Bicciato, then Mr. Bicciato highlighted the results brought about by the project in 2009 within the framework of the strategic objectives set for the year 2009.

He also talked about the best practices for the year 2009 and recounted the achievements at both the national and international levels. He also presented the program strategy for the year 2010 and the upcoming key projects in each region where the program is working, i.e. northern Lebanon, Southern Lebanon, the Bekaa and Beirut's southern suburbs.

The speeches and presentations were followed by discussing the points that were raised during the meeting.

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