The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Lebanon, the Humanitarian Coordinator, Najat Rushdi, announced, during a press conference held this afternoon at the headquarters of the United Nations House – ESCWA in central Beirut, a comprehensive collective response plan for Lebanon with the aim of meeting the humanitarian needs of the Lebanese, migrants and refugees, which It has not been responded to before and includes 119 projects with a total value of 383 million US dollars targeting 1.1 million Lebanese and immigrants among the most vulnerable groups.
She pointed out that “you know very well the issues that Lebanon has been suffering from for two years, namely the economic and financial collapse, the catastrophic impact of the explosion of the Port of Beirut and the outbreak of the Corona virus. The political impasse that lasted for many months also added to this multifaceted crisis, which led to popular protests and delayed reforms.” The effect of hyperinflation that eroded the value of the Lebanese pound not only deteriorated the purchasing power of the people, but also prevented public and private service providers from continuing to provide basic goods and services at a reasonable price, or even from securing them from the origin”.
She pointed out that “the majority of the Lebanese live in poverty and more Lebanese families have become unable to afford basic expenses such as food, health, electricity, water, internet, fuel and education. As for the most vulnerable among the poor, the impact of the crisis is so devastating that survival has become so devastating Their only goal.
And she continued, “Since I joined the United Nations family in Lebanon in August 2020, the stories of shock, loss, distress and despair that people have shared with me have been countless. These painful stories have also motivated us to make every possible effort to help the people of Lebanon emerge from these crises.” We are committed to action, which is why, through generous donor contributions, we – the United Nations and our humanitarian partners in Lebanon – have been able to work tirelessly to mitigate and contain the effects of this multifaceted crisis since 2020.”
She explained, “Since the unaddressed needs are still significant, I decided in June of this year to lead the humanitarian community in formulating a comprehensive collective humanitarian response plan for Lebanon, including 119 projects with a total value of $383 million aimed at providing the necessary assistance.” life-saving and protection services over the next 12 months.”
She stressed that this plan “targets 1.1 million Lebanese and migrants among the most vulnerable groups, and supports them in the sectors of education, food security, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, child protection and protection from gender-based violence. In response to the energy and fuel crisis, the plan also includes an operational logistical plan.” An emergency focused on establishing a fuel supply chain to ensure the continuity of the work of humanitarian actors on the one hand, and providing fuel to health institutions and important water and sanitation institutions throughout Lebanon on the other (within a very limited period of time).”
Rushdie concluded, “It is still possible to achieve a brighter future in Lebanon if we work together and if we act now. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Lebanon.”