A UNESCO fundraising conference for the rebuilding of schools, museums, and other cultural and heritage sites in Beirut has been canceled due to the absence of a new government, AFP reported quoting the UN agency.
In response to Beirut’s disastrous blast, the UN’s culture and education organization announced that they will organize two conferences to seek “considerable” funding to help rebuild Beirut.
Audrey Azoulay, the UNESCO Director-General, had previously stated that a preliminary assessment showed $22 million would be needed just to rebuild the damaged schools.
In addition to the 160 schools, 640 historic buildings have sustained damage, and approximately 60 of them are at risk of collapsing, according to Sarkis Khoury, head of antiquities at the ministry of culture in Lebanon.
However, as Lebanon remains without a fully functioning government since Hassan Diab’s Cabinet resigned following the deadly blast, UNESCO will not be able to go on with the donor conferences.