584.0 M required for 2016
249.6 M contributions received, representing 43% of requirements
334.5 M funding gap for the Iraq Situation Response
"People are arriving here exhausted, hungry and thirsty and often in need of urgent medical attention.” Riccardo Sansone" Oxfam’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Serbia*
A global displacement crisis
More than 65 million people around the world are now officially displaced from their homes – the highest figure recorded by the United Nations since the Second World War.
German Foreign Minister Steinmeier has pledged a further 50 million euros in humanitarian aid to the besieged city of Aleppo. He also called on all parties to allow a ceasefire after visiting a refugee camp in Lebanon.
In light of the Syrian government offensive in Aleppo, the German government pledged an additional 50 million euros ($53.2 million) in funds to various aid organizations on Friday. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on a visit to a Lebanon refugee camp, announced the donation.
Measured in relation to its own population, no other country in the world helps as many refugees as Lebanon. This small country has provided refuge for over 1.5 million people fleeing war and terror in Syria. Foreign Minister Steinmeier travelled to Beirut on Thursday (1 December) to demonstrate that Germany is a solid partner at Lebanon’s side. During his visit, Steinmeier will also be able to see for himself the situation of the people from Syria.
After months of training and rehearsals, Lebanese and Syrian youth performed a social play “Maa’an Nabka” (Together We Stay) on Saturday night, to officially announce the vision and mission of the newly established West Bekaa NGO "Darb El Salam" (Pathway to Peace).
Global Overview NOVEMBER 2016
MSF in Syria
Despite the extent of the crisis and people's needs, MSF is significantly constrained in its presence and medical activities in Syria, mainly due to insecurity but also due to a lack of agreements and authorisations. These constraints are as present today as they were a year and a half ago. To this date, the Syrian government has not granted us authorisation to work in the country.
Beirut, 1 December 2016 – Under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and supported by UNICEF, the Centre for Educational Research and Development (CERD) and the Faculty of Pedagogy at the Lebanese University organised an academic symposium to initiate discussion on Lebanese schools inclusiveness while promoting inclusive education for children with special needs.
1 Executive summary
Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, 11 million people have been internally displaced or have fled to neighboring states. This has put an incredible strain on the hosting societies, particularly in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. The international community has dispatched more than $17 billion in funding to Syria Response Plans, 300 organizations have implemented projects, and thousands of people have been activated to assist both host communities and refugees themselves to cope with the circumstances.
Beirut – Arab countries can achieve a significant leap forward in development, reinforce stability and secure such gains in a sustainable manner, if they urgently prioritize adopting policies that ensure the well-being, productivity, self-determination and good citizenship of their young population, concludes the Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched here today.
New tools to understand statelessness in the Syria refugee context
What factors are complicating access to Syrian nationality and why is this a problem? Which children are most at risk of becoming stateless? What is the situation of refugees from Syria who were already stateless, prior to the conflict, and remain so in exile? How is the regional refugee response addressing these questions? What more could be done to mitigate the impact of statelessness on the refugees from Syria and protect the right of refugee children to Syrian nationality?
On 9 November, Programme Coordinator Emilie Silvestre and Programme Officer Laetitia Vecchierini from the Government of the Principality of Monaco visited the UNRWA Lebanon Field Office to see first-hand the implementation and achievements of Monaco-funded projects.
A seven degrees magnitude earthquake hit the Lebanese coast causing serious damages in the crowded residential area. A mobile operation room for crisis management was activated close to the damaged areas, and the Mount Lebanon response plan was put into action in order to conduct and coordinate evacuation, extinguishing fires, and search and rescue actions.
Drought is generally considered an extended period (season, year or several years) of deficient precipitation compared to the long-term average for an area that results in water shortage for some activity, group or environmental sector (National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), 2008). It is thus important to monitor precipitation levels in order to ensure a proactive response and effective early warning.