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Warning Security Council in briefing that Gaza could ‘implode, or explode again’, Political Envoy for Middle East urges ‘revised and credible’ political framework

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7266th Meeting (AM)

Proposing a package of measures to "fundamentally change the dynamics" in Gaza, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council this morning that it was critical to act swiftly while a fragile ceasefire held.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Top UN humanitarian officials visit Syrian refugees, call for support for Lebanon

DEIR EL AHMAR, Lebanon, September 16 (UNHCR) – Before the Syrian civil war, the picturesque Lebanese hill town of Deir El Ahmar saw occasional seasonal field workers arriving from Syria to pick tobacco, onions and other crops and then return home after the harvest.

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World + 3 others
Forced Migration Review supplement - Innovation and refugees

A special supplement of Forced Migration Review presents 11 articles, which reflect some of the thinking behind humanitarian innovation for displaced people, and some of its current manifestations.

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World + 52 others
Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Secondary and tertiary health care at a glance, January - June 2014

UNHCR’s public health approach is based on a primary health care (PHC) strategy. In Lebanon, the government provides services through the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) and the Ministry of Social Affairs with nationals paying part of the cost. In addition, PHC services are provided by private practitioners, local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other charities.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon launches its MDGs Report 2013-2014: Slow progress on the poverty reduction and environmental sustainability goals

A year before 2015, Lebanon’s progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been challenged by a complicated political situation and spillovers of the Syrian crisis, especially the massive influx of refugees, says the latest Lebanon MDG report The number of Syrian refugees entering Lebanon is compromising achievements made on the health MDGs directly, and other MDGs indirectly.

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Support from OFID secures continued operation by clearance teams in Lebanon

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With a new grant of 236.309 USD from the OPEC Fund for International Development, facilitated by the International Trust Fund (ITF), DCA has secured the continued clearance of dangerous mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) by two Battle Area Clearance teams in Lebanon.

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Arabs meet on post-2015 HFA

By Denis McClean

SHARM EL SHEIKH, 15 September 2015 - UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, yesterday described the post-2015 development agenda as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” when she addressed the opening day of the Second Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

She said the consultations that have taken place throughout the Arab world on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction were further evidence of the very strong acceptance there now is for disaster risk reduction as part of the sustainable development agenda.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon/Syria Situation: WASH Monthly Update July 2014

JULY DEVELOPMENTS

 Some 7,000 persons (Syrians and Lebanese) are now able to access safe water in Andaket,
Akkar. In partnership with ACTED, UNHCR has completed a water pipeline project which connected the village to the nearest water supply network.

 1,885 refugees benefited from installation of water storage tanks, two pumps and distribution of 175 water filters in Saida district, implemented by UNHCR through PU-AMI and ACF.

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Lebanon/Syria Situation: Statelessness Monthly Update July 2014

JULY DEVELOPMENTS

 UNHCR launched a capacity building project with the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities as part of a campaign on birth registration in Lebanon. The objective is to sensitise those involved in the birth registration procedure on the links between birth registration, child protection and prevention of statelessness, as well as to elaborate best practices. This project is undertaken in partnership with the local NGO Frontiers Ruwad Association, and as part of a joint campaign with UNICEF and OHCHR.

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Lebanon/Syria Situation: Shelter Monthly Update July 2014

JULY DEVELOPMENTS

 995 families received cash for shelter by UNHCR in partnership with DRC. Most of these families live in Tripoli (905), in Akkar (73) and some in Mount Lebanon (9) and Bekaa (8).

 UNHCR along with SCI, Medair, CHF, ACTED, PU-AMI and CISP distributed weatherproofing kits to 918 families in informal settlements (IS) and unfinished houses across the country.

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Lebanon/Syria Situation: Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Monthly Update July 2014

JULY DEVELOPMENTS

 In collaboration with DRC, the roll-out of the pilot project on engaging with men and boys in preventing and responding to violence against women started. In Akkar, DRC conducted nine focus group discussions with selected men from the community to map and assess key influential community members to participate in the project.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon/Syria Situation: Institutional and Community Support Monthly Update July 2014

JULY DEVELOPMENTS

Institutional support

 A conflict reduction project was launched aimed at improving health care services for the vulnerable population in Lebanon. The project will last for 18 months under the leadership of the Ministry of Public Health and is implemented by UNHCR in partnership with WHO,
UNICEF, IRD and International Alert.

Community support programme

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Lebanon/Syria Situation: Education Monthly Update July 2014

JULY DEVELOPMENTS

 UNHCR started rehabilitating 18 public schools following authorization from the Ministry for Education and Higher Education (MEHE).

 UNHCR is participating in an ambitious Government initiative, Reaching All Children with Education (RACE), with the aim of enrolling over 430,000 Syrian children in school by 2016.

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Lebanon/Syria Situation: Community Development Monthly Update July 2014

JULY DEVELOPMENTS

Community empowerment

 Over 3,200 families were referred this month by 392 Refugee Outreach Volunteers (ROVs) to UNHCR and partners for assessment and support. Observed trends include: increased violence and eviction, especially in the north; persons with disabilities having difficulties accessing services and limited opportunities for integration; and an increase in the number of working children.

 1,137 persons, 20% Lebanese and mostly women, participated in life-skill activities at community centers.

Case management

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Lebanon/Syria Situation: Child Protection Monthly Update July 2014

JULY DEVELOPMENTS

Identification and referral of children-at-risk

 223 children at high risk including unaccompanied minors and separated children were identified and provided with support including psycho-social counseling by case management agencies and refugee outreach volunteers across the operation.

Training/coaching

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Lebanon/Syria Situation: Cash Assistance & Core Relief Items Monthly Update July 2014

Cash Assistance

 UNHCR transferred the last monetized hygiene and baby kits (hereby HK and BK) assistance to 41,162 refugee households. The last in-kind distribution of HK and BK had taken place in June. UNHCR has ended the provision of HK and BK as limited resources require a prioritization of assistance with the greatest impact.

Preparations for the Unconditional Cash Assistance Programme (UCAP):

 Using bio-data index available in UNHCR’s database ProGres, 23,000 families were identified as extremely vulnerable and in need of cash assistance.

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Lebanon/Syria Situation: Protection Monthly Update July 2014

JULY DEVELOPMENTS

 Access to territory and timely registration

 With an exception of a noted spike in arrivals at Masnaa on 15 July, overall the situation at the official border points remained calm during the month of July probably due to Ramadan. UNHCR border monitoring teams did not observe changes in the border procedures as compared to previous months.