AMMAN/NEW YORK, 16 October 2017 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan travelled to Jordan to meet children who, like her, fled the Syria conflict and are now determined to go to school despite extremely challenging circumstances. It was the first time Muzoon had returned to the country – where she spent three years in refugee camps, before being resettled in the United Kingdom with her family in 2015.
In 2006, under Security Council Resolution 1701, UNIFIL witnessed a substantial increase in its troops and responsibilities across its area of operations between the Litani River and the Blue Line. Monitoring the cessation of hostilities and supporting the Lebanese Armed Forces constitute the core of UNIFIL’s work and so each day, UNIFIL peacekeepers, drawn from 41 countries, patrol the south in vehicles, on foot and from the air.
International partners agreed today that the Global Concessional Financing Facility (GCFF) had provided critical assistance to Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, but that continued support is urgently needed. Additional support amounting to $80 million was pledged by donors to help the GCFF deepen its impact on the grant.
Innovative WASH UP! program will support socio-emotional well-being through lessons on proper water use, sanitation and hygiene habits for Syrian refugee children in Jordan, Lebanon, and the Kurdish Region of Iraq.
UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary and Lebanon’s Minister of State for Administrative Reforms, Dr. Inaya Ezzeddine, today discussed capacity building, joint activities carried out by the Mission in close coordination with local communities and issues related to the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1701.
Chile has become the newest country to be resettling Syrian refugees. Sixty-six Syrians (32 children, 16 women and 18 men) arrived there yesterday from Lebanon, as part of a refugee resettlement programme led by the Chilean government with the support of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.
Beirut/Santiago – On 11 October, a group of 66 Syrian refugees departed from Lebanon, Beirut to Santiago, Chile under the Emerging Resettlement Countries Joint Support Mechanism (ERCM), which is co-implemented by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
At Santiago airport, Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, welcomed the refugees (38 adults and 28 children). Half of them will be located in Villa Alemana and the other half in Macul, thanks to agreements between the Ministry of Interior and those municipalities.
The quarterly dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends affecting people in need. Partners in Lebanon are working to:
1) enhance access to, and demand from, children and youth, and their caregivers, for equitable formal or regulated non-formal education;
2) enhance quality of education services and learning environment to ensure grade-appropriate learning outcome to children and youth.
Yesterday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) held in Beirut a workshop on the reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared Camp (NBC) convened by the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Claudio Cordone.
The rapid arrival of very large numbers of refugees in concentrated areas tends to accentuate the impact that populations will have on the environment, due to the fact that humanitarian operators manage people and infrastructure based on short-term considerations. This leads to increased pressure on raw materials and ecosystems, and tends to create tension with the host population.
The study has two objectives:
UNIFIL peacekeepers and local officials jointly inaugurated a new water filtration plant, constructed with funding from Spanish peacekeepers, in Meiss Ej Jebel, south-eastern Lebanon, last week.
The plant consists of a water filter system with the capacity of generating 30,000 litres of drinking water every day in addition to the installation of two 4,000-litre tanks. The water system will directly benefit about 5,000 residents of the area with clean drinking water.
Women in Lebanon face daunting challenges to both entering the labour force and facing protection concerns in their day-to-day life. With competition for jobs and resources on the rise in Lebanon, women face increasing obstacles in matching their skills with existing jobs due to lack of strong networks and access to financial resources. With this in mind, ACTED implemented an innovative project aimed at empowering vulnerable women in Jbeil and Msaitbeh through support for protection and learning of practical skills.
One (1) n case of cVDPV2 was reported this week from Mayadeen district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate. The case, a 19-month-old child with no history of polio vaccination, had onset of paralysis on 19 August.
The total number of confirmed cVDPV2 cases is 48.
The second immunization round for Raqqa commenced 7 October. mOPV2 is being administered to children 0-59 months of age, and IPV to children aged between 2-23 months. Aqua tabs are being provided to families together with vaccination.
This week in Beirut, UN Women and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia launched a regional project to estimate the cost of violence against women as an instrument for policy reform and advocacy.
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
The European Union (EU) has signed an important additional contribution of EUR 9.5 million to the 2017 Programme Budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in response to a call to donors to help close a shortfall that could impact its key services such as education and health-care.