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23 May 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 5/22/2015 - 10:53 GMT

by Rita Daou

Every few weeks for the past year, Lebanon's parliament has met, exchanged pleasantries, and made the same announcement: that it has again been unable to elect a president.

Pluralistic but divided Lebanon has now been without a head of state for 12 months, the longest time the post has been vacant since the devastating civil war ended in 1990.

23 May 2015 description


In response to the Syria refugee crisis, WFP launched a Regional Emergency Operation (200433) in July 2012. Under the programme, WFP Lebanon provides food assistance to vulnerable Syrian refugees through e-cards, one-off in-kind food parcels to new arrivals from Syria and cash transfers to Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS).

22 May 2015 description

Beirut: UNRWA has been forced to suspend monthly cash assistance for housing to Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) living in Lebanon. Starting July 2015, more than 43,000 Palestine refugees from Syria in Lebanon who receive monthly cash assistance of US$ 100 per family towards housing and US$ 27 per person towards food will stop receiving the cash assistance for housing.

While some funds remain for UNRWA to continue cash assistance for food over the next few months, the Agency has exhausted all funding to support housing assistance for PRS families.

21 May 2015 description
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Gordon Brown explains the importance of providing education for young people in crisis situations. Credit: UN News Centre

21 May 2015 – The United Nations education envoy told journalists in New York today that “shocking figures” relating to the position of children in emergency situations underlined the need for a new humanitarian fund to ensure the education of millions of children.

21 May 2015 description
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Rule of Law Global Programme Annual Report 2014

The rule of law lies at the centre of the relationship between society and the state. Measures to establish or strengthen the rule of law are the basis for creating accountability among people as well as between citizens and their governments. Since 2008, UNDP has been a leader in supporting the rule of law in countries affected by crisis through its Global Programme to Strengthen the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations.

21 May 2015 description

UN delivering improved health services for over five million Palestinians according to new report

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, is delivering improved health services to millions of Palestine refugees across the Middle East because of root and branch reforms. These are the findings of a new report from UNRWA’s Health Department published today in Geneva. Indicators include a decrease in the average number of daily medical consultations per doctor, an increase in consultation times and decrease in antibiotics prescription rates.

20 May 2015 description


The Government of Saudi Arabia has signed seven agreements totalling US$ 111.5 million in assistance for Palestine refugees through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The signing ceremony, which took place in Amman, was attended by Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) Vice Chairman and Managing Director H.E. Eng. Yousef Ibrahim Al-Bassam and UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl.

20 May 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

20 May 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon

  1. Members of the International Support Group for Lebanon established by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2013 met with Prime Minister Tamam Salam at the Serail, after which the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon issued the following statement on behalf of the Group:

19 May 2015 description
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With the Middle East facing a complicated and vicious tide of terror and extremism, it was even more critical for Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate a two-State solution and end actions that imperilled it, the incoming Special Coordinator for peace in the region told the Security Council this afternoon.

19 May 2015 description

Civil unrest in Syria began in March 2011 and marked the advent of a refugee crisis which continues to gain momentum. The main receiving countries are Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and to a lesser extent, Egypt and Iraq. The operational environment is challenging and fast-changing. This is a complex regional crisis that combines massive refugee and internal displacements, complicated by competing and divided international, regional and national interests.

19 May 2015 description

Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.

19 May 2015 description

Approaching its fifth year, with no sign of a political solution in sight, the scale and complexity of the Syria crisis and the consequent population displacement have had an unprecedented impact on the countries in the region. The conflict in Syria has become the largest humanitarian, development and security crisis of our time.

19 May 2015 description


Following the Syrian Crisis, the majority of refugees are being hosted in communities that are among the poorest in the country, including the North of Lebanon and the Bekaa. These communities suffer from poor water services due to lack of adequate infrastructure and have limited means to expand local sources of livelihood including agriculture.

18 May 2015 description

Foreign Minister Steinmeier visited Lebanon and Jordan on 15 and 16 May. In addition to holding political talks with government representatives, the German Foreign Minister’s aim was to find out more about the difficult situation faced by Syrian refugees on the ground.

18 May 2015 description

May 2015


Belgium has announced a new contribution of EUR 18.75 million spanning 2015-2017 that will help UNRWA provide essential health, education, relief, social services and emergency relief assistance for Palestine refugees. The generous donation will help improve the lives of Palestine refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, and provide UNRWA a degree of sustainability in aid delivery.

15 May 2015 description

More than half a million Palestine refugees are directly affected by the conflict in Syria. The UNRWA response aims to preserve refugees' resilience through the continuation of UNRWA services and humanitarian assistance. For a more detailed overview, see the Agency's 2015 Syria regional crisis response here. This monthly update covers UNRWA efforts in April 2015.


14 May 2015 description

‘Dream Bags’ from Japanese Lay Buddhist Organization Rissho Kosei -kai (RKK) have been distributed to almost 10,000 Palestine refugee children studying in UNRWA schools in Gaza and Lebanon.