She said: “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 explosions in 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 A clear example of this is the acute shortage of fuel that the country has been experiencing since August.”
She added, “The majority of the Lebanese live in poverty and more and more Lebanese families are 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 their goal. the only”.
She noted that since she joined the United Nations family in Lebanon in August 2020, the stories of shock, loss, distress and despair she shared with people have been countless. These painful stories also motivated them to make every effort to help the people of Lebanon emerge from these unprecedented and subsequent crises.
As the unaddressed needs remain 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 emphasized 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. The plan also includes an emergency logistical operational plan that focuses on establishing a fuel supply chain.” To ensure the continuity of the work of humanitarian actors on the one hand, and to provide fuel for health institutions and important water and sanitation institutions throughout Lebanon on the other hand.