Appeals & Response Plans
Most read reports
- UNHCR: Syria Refugee Response Lebanon: Bekaa & Baalbek-El Hermel Governorate - Distribution of the Registered Syrian Refugees at the Cadastral Level (As of 30 September 2019). 11 Oct 2019
- UNHCR: Syria Refugee Response Lebanon: North Governorate, Tripoli, Batroun, Bcharreh, El Koura, El Minieh-Dennieh, Zgharta Districts (T+5) - Distribution of the Registered Syrian Refugees at the Cadastral Level (As of 30 September 2019). 11 Oct 2019
- BioMed Central: “With every passing day I feel like a candle, melting little by little.” experiences of long-term displacement amongst Syrian refugees in Shatila, Lebanon. 11 Oct 2019
- Govt. Lebanon: Public schools for non-Lebanese children to open on Monday - Joint Statement from the Ministry of Education, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, UNICEF and UNHCR in Lebanon [EN/AR]. 10 Oct 2019
- UNHCR: Syria Refugee Response: Lebanon, Akkar Governorate, Distribution of the Registered Syrian Refugees at the Cadastral Level (As of 30 September 2019). 11 Oct 2019
The Global Humanitarian Overview published on 4 December 2018 announced funding requirements of $21.9 billion for 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Venezuela Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan. By the end of September 2019, requirements had reached $26.75 billion. The change in requirements since last month is mainly due to an increase in requirements for Mozambique. As at the end of August, 148.7 million people are estimated to be in need in 58 countries. The plans aim to collectively provide aid to 109 million people.
The Global Humanitarian Overview published on 4 December announced funding requirements of $21.9 billion for 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Venezuela Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan. By the end of August, requirements had reached $26.57 billion. The change in requirements since last month is mainly due to an increase in requirements for Mali and Zimbabwe, and the publication of the HRP for Venezuela.
The Global Humanitarian Overview published on 4 December 2018 announced funding requirements of $21.9 billion for 21 Humanitarian Response Plans and the Venezuela Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan. By the end of July, the requirements had reached $26.14 billion. As at the end of July, 141.7 million people are estimated to be in need in 57 countries, a slight decrease of 1.2 million from last month. The plans aim to provide aid to 106.3 million people.
News from the pooled funds
With thanks to the generous contributions received from donors, UNHCR was able to provide winterization assistance to its entire target of those in need.
The winterization programme was implemented from September 2018 to March 2019. UNHCR completed distribution of most of the winterization assistance by January 2019.
Early planning, preparation and procurement allowed UNHCR to reach its entire target and, wherever possible, to allow beneficiaries to receive their assistance as early as possible to prepare for the harsh winter.
As of end of March, UNHCR concluded its winterization programme with the distribution of 1,553,188 winterized items to 1,163,494 individuals/ 241,870 families in 13 governorates in Syria.
In February, UNHCR participated in the largest ever humanitarian convoy providing life-saving humanitarian assistance to some 40,000 displaced people at the Rukban ‘makeshift’ settlement in south-eastern Syria, on the border with Jordan.
WHY THIS REPORT?
For several years the number of people who cannot meet their daily food needs without humanitarian assistance has been rising, primarily driven by two factors: persistent instability in conflict-ridden regions and adverse climate events.
The Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA) enables the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to take rapid and effective action in response to food and agricultural threats and emergencies.
The Fund has three components:
(i) a working capital component to advance funds once a resource partner's commitment is secured toward the immediate procurement of inputs to protect livelihoods, restart agricultural activities or contribute to an immediate response to a crisis;
Inclement weather swept through Lebanon again starting on 14 February, with the peak of heavy rain, thunderstorms, strong winds and flooding over the weekend. The effects were disparate throughout the country, with mainly the Bekaa, and to a lesser extent, the South, feeling the strongest consequences. Whereas, in the North and Beirut/Mount Lebanon regions rainfall was considered regular winter weather, not requiring an emergency response. Very few calls for assistance or urgent intervention were received in those areas.
• Humanitarian actors join forces to face intense winter storms in January 2019.
• 2019 Lebanon Crisis Response Plan appeals for US $2.62 billion to assist 3.2 million people in need.
Winter storms affect 25,000 refugees
Humanitarian actors join forces to respond to harsh winter storms
710,990 people assisted in January 2019
US$ 23 m cash-based transfers made
US$ 44.6 m six months (February - July 2019) net funding requirements
• In the framework of building the Lebanese Government’s institutional capacity, WFP is engaging with the Food Safety Committee to provide technical assistance on the digitization of food inspection monitoring mechanisms.
Refugees continue to be impacted by back to back extreme weather conditions. During the first storm, refugees struggled to cope with heavy snow, torrential rain and gusting winds that flooded sites and damaged shelters. This situation was compounded by a second storm, Miriam, bringing new precipitations, snow and low temperatures. This added to the already saturated lands, rivers and streams causing more floods and displacement of refugees and impacting vulnerable Lebanese. Also, tragically, four refugees, of which three are children, perished as a result of the storms.
I would like to confirm that the Secretary-General welcomes the recent announcement by the Emir of Qatar to allocate $50 million to support Syrian refugees and displaced persons in the Middle East affected by the recent severe weather in the region. The Secretary-General is very grateful to the Emir and the people of Qatar for their generosity.
As refugees and Lebanese households continue to be exposed to adverse weather conditions, partners respond to the needs of those who have been affected and are reinforcing preparedness and mitigation efforts.
- Strong wind, heavy rain, and snow has been affecting Lebanon, causing flash floods that resulted in casualties and damage.
- As of 17 January at 8.00 UTC, media report that two people have died (one in Sidon District and one in Tyre District, southern Lebanon), one person is missing and nine people have been injured due to storm related events.
- Humanitarian agencies supported by DG ECHO are responding to acute emergency needs resulting from the storm.
BEIRUT, 16 January 2019 – Devastation generated by the latest storms across Lebanon have left vulnerable children relocated and in need of protection and warmth, with refugee children especially affected. UNICEF, working with partners, and in close coordination with UNHCR, other UN agencies and the government of Lebanon, started immediate response last week to meet the needs of the affected children and their families.
Partners continue to work tirelessly to respond to the effects of the storms and enhance preparedness measures to mitigate further adverse effects of future extreme weather.
Since Sunday no newly affected sites have been identified but response continued in those affected last week. Preparedness measures are being taken for storm Miriam, which is expected to begin Tuesday evening and continue through Thursday morning. On Tuesday, winds are anticipated to gradually intensify, possibly reaching 100 km/h. Strong winds are predicted to continue on Wednesday accompanied by thunderstorms that could lead to flooding and soil erosion. Temperatures are expected to decline, especially in the North with snow as low as 600 meters above sea level.