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29 Dec 2006 description

Note: The last situation report was dated December 8, 2006.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

On December 10, the USG Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) departed Lebanon following a 21-week deployment. The DART completed mission objectives to assess humanitarian needs, program emergency and early recovery assistance, and coordinate the USG humanitarian response to the crisis in Lebanon.

22 Dec 2006 description

The management of the UAE Program announced the completion of the de-mining and clearing of cluster bombs from the farm lands of Arnun, as well as from the Shaqif citadel area in Nabatieh, southern Lebanon.

The fields were handed over to the town's mayor in the presence of officials from the United Nations De-mining Coordination Center, the Lebanese Army National Office for de-mining and a representative of the Ministry of Archeology.

22 Dec 2006 description
report UN Children's Fund

Over 200 million for Education in Emergency and Post Crisis Countries

GENEVA/THE HAGUE, 22 December 2006 - Millions of children in the developing world have a new ray of hope as the Dutch government today announced it has pledged $201 million to UNICEF to radically expand the agency's ongoing efforts to ensure that children in conflict, natural disasters and emerging from crisis can go to school.

It is the single largest earmarked donation UNICEF has received in its 60-year history.

18 Dec 2006 description

The New Zealand Defence Force will contribute ten personnel to Lebanon as part of a global contribution working with the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Centre in Southern Lebanon.

Rear Admiral Jack Steer, Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said the deployment of four Navy and six Army personnel would occur in mid-January, after final preparations were complete.

"We will deploy an unexploded munitions clearance team made up of four Royal New Zealand Navy operational divers and six New Zealand Army Engineers.

16 Dec 2006 description

Summary: following the end of the conflict between Israel and Hizbollah on 14 August, the displaced population has returned in massive numbers to an area devastated by bombing and afflicted by UXOs. The response to basic needs has been strong but the institutions which have to deliver services to meet these needs are weak, under-resourced or politically biased. At a time of high internal political tension and latent external aggression there are strong threats to the sustained return of displaced people.

Internal coping mechanisms have been weakened by repeated displacement.

15 Dec 2006 description
report Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps implements programs in the following sectors:

I. Protection
II. Logistics and Relief Commodities
III. Food Security & Agriculture
IV. Water Sanitation and Hygiene

15 Dec 2006 description

The Federation's vision is to strive, through voluntary action, for a world of empowered communities, better able to address human suffering and crises with hope, respect for dignity and a concern for equity. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

In Brief

Programme Update no.

15 Dec 2006 description

Some 200,000 people are estimated to remain in a situation of internal displacement in Lebanon following the hostilities between the Shiite militant and political organisation Hizbollah and Israeli security forces in summer 2006. Nearly one million people were displaced at the height of the conflict - the vast majority of them within Lebanon. Most of the displaced returned to their homes in south Lebanon and the southern suburbs of Beirut immediately following a UN-brokered ceasefire in August 2006.

14 Dec 2006 description

Shibley Telhami, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy

When Israel launched its major assault on the Shiite militia Hezbollah and other Lebanese targets in July 2006, following a Hezbollah attack that left several Israeli soldiers dead and two taken hostage, one presumed objective was to reestablish Israeli deterrence. The government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was elected on a platform calling for unilateral Israeli withdrawal from parts of the West Bank following a similar un-negotiated withdrawal from Gaza.

11 Dec 2006 description
report Pax Christi
  1. Pax Christi International calls for immediate international efforts towards a new, just and comprehensive peace process in the Middle East. This call is made after consulting participants from the member and partner organisations present at the Pax Christi Third Regional Consultation for the Middle East (1), and representing different background and opinions. It reiterates the statement of Pax Christi International to the UN that was issued immediately after the July 2006 War. (2)

    2. The situation in the Middle East today is fragile.

11 Dec 2006 description
report UN Security Council


Introduction

1. As my term as Secretary-General nears its end, I would like to review the situation in the Middle East. Rather than summarize all the developments of the past ten years, I wish to focus on the attempts of the international community and the parties to reach a negotiated political solution to the enduring and painful conflicts that have bedevilled the region.

09 Dec 2006 description
report Mercy Corps

I. PROTECTION

Psychosocial and Youth Activities South Lebanon

Greetings from South Lebanon Drawing Competition

The "Greetings from South Lebanon" Bookmark and Postcard Competition is continuing in Nabatiye, in partnership with the Kamel Youssef Jaber Social and Cultural Center and the Ministry of Education. Mercy Corps invited all students from Primary School levels 1-4 to participate in the contest, providing them with an opportunity to use their new supplementary school kit supplies (including construction paper, scissors, crayons, and watercolors).

08 Dec 2006 description

Decides to Prepare the Durban Review Conference and Establishes Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards in the Fight Against Racism

The Human Rights Council today concluded its third regular session, which was held from 29 November to 8 December. During the session, which started immediately following the conclusion of the second session, the Council heard an address delivered on behalf of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and heard the report of High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour.

08 Dec 2006 description

On Monday 11 December the Council will hold consultations on the practical implementation of resolution 1701 (2006) (and in particular, on the operations of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon) in response to a factual report submitted by the Secretary-General by letter on 1 December. The Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement.

The Secretary-General Update

In his report, the Secretary-General says that:

- Israeli over flights of Lebanese airspace in violation of resolution 1701 have continued.

08 Dec 2006 description

Note: The last situation report was dated December 1, 2006.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

The USG Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), deployed to the region since July 23, is scheduled to depart Lebanon on December 10, having completed mission objectives to assess humanitarian needs, program emergency and early recovery assistance, and coordinate the USG humanitarian response.

06 Dec 2006 description

The management of the UAE Program To Support & Rebuild Lebanon announced today that the village of Mlikh in Southern Lebanon has been entirely cleared from mines and cluster bombs.

05 Dec 2006 description

Executive Summary

This report presents overall findings from a review of the OCHA and UN system wide response in Lebanon between July-October 2006. The aim of the lesson learning review was twofold;

- to review the appropriateness and timeliness of the response and understand what worked well and why

- provide a platform to discuss key issues relevant for OCHA, for action and follow up.

Both primary and secondary information have been used and more than 25 key informant interviews were carried out with stakeholders external to OCHA.

04 Dec 2006 description

Geneva, December 4, 2006

Information compiled by Toya Richards Hill, ACT communicator who was working within the Middle East Council of Churches' Inter-Church Network for Development and Relief (ICNDR) in Lebanon

GENERAL INFORMATION

November 22 marked 100 days since the United Nations-brokered cease-fire that ended the fighting between Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The time has yielded recovery and healing, and the emergency relief effort has shifted from the crisis to the post-crisis phase.