A brighter future can still be achieved in Lebanon if we work together and if we act now

The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Lebanon, the Humanitarian Coordinator, Najat Rushdie, announced during a press conference held this afternoon at the headquarters of the United Nations House – ESCWA in downtown Beirut, a comprehensive collective response plan for Lebanon with the aim of meeting the needs The humanitarian project for the Lebanese, migrants and refugees, which has not been responded to before, includes 119 projects with a total value of $383 million, targeting 1.1 million Lebanese and migrants who are 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 several months also added to this multi-faceted crisis, which led to Fueling popular protests and delaying serious reforms that would help limit the deterioration.The effect of hyperinflation that eroded the value of the Lebanese pound not only deteriorated people’s purchasing power, but also prevented public and private service providers from continuing to provide basic goods and services at a reasonable price. , or even who secured it from the original.

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.

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 effort to help the people of Lebanon get out of These are unprecedented and subsequent crises. We are committed to action, which is why we 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 and nutrition, water and sanitation, child protection and protection from gender-based violence. The plan also includes an emergency logistical operational plan It focuses 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).”

She explained, “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.”

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