UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos to visit Lebanon [EN/AR]
WHO: UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos
WHAT: Mission to Lebanon
WHEN: 1 - 2 July 2013
UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos will visit Lebanon from 1 to2 July 2013 to look at the impact of the crisis in Syria on people who have fled the conflict and the communities hosting them in Lebanon.
Since the start of the crisis in March 2011, more than half a million people have fled to Lebanon. The UN Refugee Agency estimates that the number could reach 1 million by the end of the year if the situation in Syria does not improve.
The humanitarian community and local authorities in Lebanon need more support to respond to the growing needs of refugees and the communities hosting them. Despite the situation, the Syria Refugee Response for Lebanon, seeking US$1.7 billion for 2013 is only 15 per cent funded so far.
Ms. Amos is expected to meet key Government officials and representatives from UN agencies and non-governmental organizations to discuss the humanitarian challenges and response in Lebanon.
For further details on media opportunities and to set up interviews with USG Amos in Lebanon, please contact: Devi Palanivelu, firstname.lastname@example.org, +961 (78)8 47 681
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