UN Lebanon releases its 2020 annual report, committing to support Lebanon & its people to Build Back Better

  • The United Nations system in Lebanon released today its annual report for the year 2020, committing once again to scale up its efforts to help Lebanon and its people to recover from its multi-faceted crises and ‘Build Back Better’.

Through inspiring people’s stories and the ongoing commitment of the UN Country Team and its long-standing partners, the ‘2020 UN Lebanon Annual Results Report’ summarizes the results achieved throughout 2020, after four consecutive years of the implementation of the United Nations Strategic Framework for Lebanon 2017–2020 (UNSF). The UNSF outlines the UN’s common vision and expected contribution to support Lebanon’s political, human rights, humanitarian and development priorities as well as the country’s security.

2020 was an exceptionally challenging year for Lebanon, marked by a series of socio-economic and political hardships that wreaked havoc on the people of Lebanon and continue to submerge the country with unprecedented challenges. Despite the scale of these challenges, UN Lebanon continues to support the people and commits to defend their rights to dignity, peace and justice,” said Najat Rochdi, UN Deputy Special Coordinator, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon.

The report highlights key results achieved in response to the COVID19 pandemic and the Beirut port explosions as well as to the Syria crisis and other peace and development priorities set for 2020. These include, but are not limited to, the rehabilitation of 48 schools and around 6,000 residential and non-residential units severely damaged by the devastating explosions, as well as the provision of multipurpose cash assistance to around 91,500 persons.

According to the report, more than 1,200,000 vulnerable people across Lebanon were provided with better access to safe water and around 500,000 children, both Lebanese and refugees, were enrolled in formal education. Through the National Poverty Targeting Program (NPTP), more than 15,000 vulnerable Lebanese households benefited from food assistance in 2020, and over 120,000 Lebanese and non-Lebanese children and other vulnerable groups received cash grants, while thousands of Lebanese and Syrian workers benefited from short-term decent job opportunities.

This is the raison d’être of the United Nations in Lebanon,” added Rochdi. “Whatever we do, be it in responding to emergencies, promoting peace and preventing conflict, supporting good governance, protecting human rights, promoting gender equality and reducing poverty, our overriding aim remains the same: to serve Lebanon and its people.”

In response to the COVID19 outbreak in Lebanon, the UN and its partners managed to expand hospitals’ bed capacity by procuring 73 fully equipped intensive care unit (ICU) beds and 800 equipped regular beds, together with 170 ventilators. To attenuate the effects of the pandemic on the most vulnerable, the UN also provided 50,000 of the poorest Lebanese households with food parcels, while 700 vulnerable migrant workers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and the socio-economic crisis were provided with cash assistance.

Ecologically, nearly 7,000 tons of CO2/equivalent were reduced during 2020 from solar hot water system and solar street lighting systems established by the UN in different parts of Lebanon, says the report, whereas approximately 17 municipalities, with a combined 310,000 people, benefited from improved solid waste management.

More results can be found in the report, accessible on the following URL: https://bit.ly/3o5d3B3

 

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About the UN Lebanon:  

Lebanon is one of the 51 founding members of the United Nations that signed the UN Charter on June 26th, 1945. Since then, the UN engagement in Lebanon has been active and uninterrupted. Today, the UN works with the Government of Lebanon and its people towards the achievement of the country’s national priorities that correspond with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In total, there are 26 UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes (UNAFPs) active on Lebanese soil.

 

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UN entities involved in this initiative
FAO
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
ILO
International Labor Organization
IOM
International Organization for Migration
OHCHR
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
RCO
United Nations Resident Coordinator Office
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UN-Habitat
United Nations Human Settlements Programme
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund
UNHCR
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNIC
United Nations Information Centre
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund
UNIDO
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNIFIL
United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon
UNODC
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
UNOPS
United Nations Office for Project Services
UNRWA
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
UNSCOL
Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon
UNTSO
United Nations Truce Supervision Organization
UNV
United Nations Volunteers
WFP
World Food Programme
WHO
World Health Organization