REGIONAL INITIATIVE FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS ON WATER RESOURCES AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC VULNERABILITY IN THE ARAB REGION
“The international community should not only support Palestine in meeting its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) commitments, but must also commit to supporting the Palestinian people in their struggle for their inalienable rights. The Palestinians, deserve, like everyone else, to live in dignity and peace. They deserve to be free in their own state. And it is our moral duty to help them achieve that noble goal. For as Martin Luther King said 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere'.”
The people of the Arab region face an uncertain future. Millions are fleeing their homes to escape violence and millions more remain trapped by conflict or in occupied territory. The expanding population is placing increasing strain on the environment through unsustainable consumption of limited water supplies and abundant energy resources. The rentier economy that prevails in many countries has proven unable to adapt to new realities or absorb the growing and increasingly youthful labour force.
The Gaza Strip has been subject to a near-total blockade by Israel since 2007 and to repeated military assaults, the most intense of which took place in 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014. The more than two-thirds of the population born since the 1993 Oslo Accords and have thus known little else but the hardship and fear caused by the blockade and offensives.
ESCWA launched the National Agenda for the Future of Syria (NAFS) program in 2013. One of its objectives is to bring together Syrian experts to produce future visions and scenarios for all Syrians and to establish mechanisms which would prepare Syrian institutions for economic, political and social reconstruction.
The Political Governance Nexus paper is a compilation of research on building a legal framework and institution rehabilitation. The research was conducted by experts working on The National Agenda for the Future of Syria.
It recommends actions for the first phase of rebuilding Syria in areas including the post-conflict constitution, judicial reform, security sector reform, and media and independent press laws. It suggests a timeframe for reforms and expected outcomes. It also identifies the actors that should be involved in managing reforms.
Marseille, France – 60 decision-making representatives from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey and European countries affected by the refugee crisis, development and financing partners, practitioners and technical experts on fragility and conflict gathered in Marseille today to discuss the long term development implications of the refugee crisis in the Mashreq, where more than 4 million refugees are displaced.
Beirut, 16 December 2014 (Communication and Information Unit)--
On 11 December 2014, ESCWA and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) launched of a four-year project to bolster food and water security in the Arab region. SIDA has donated USD 2.7 million while the contribution of ESCWA will amount to USD 0.8 million.
Syria Crisis: A Crisis for Arab Development
New York — With around 800 days left until the target date for achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), today the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) along with the League of Arab States and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) launched a report showing that recent turmoil in the Arab region imperils progress towards the goals across the Arab world.
On 4 and 5 July 2013, a group of Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian experts gathered at ESCWA to discuss the implications of the Syrian crisis on the economies of Jordan and Lebanon with the participation of international experts concerned with the economic and social situation in the region.
The Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Nadim Khouri called for the need to take advantage of available opportunities to improve food security in the region through trade and foreign investments to ensure benefits for all. The call came in a statement delivered today by Khouri at the opening session of the international conference entitled “A Food Secure Arab World: A Roadmap for Policy and Research,” jointly organized by ESCWA and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and held at the UN House in Beirut.
ESCWA opened today its scheduled activities of the Tenth Anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 concerning women, security and peace.
ESCWA held an official ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (29 November), at the UN House, Beirut, with addresses focusing on solidarity through influential actions and the implementation of relevant UN resolutions.
The event was attended by prominent figures representing Lebanese leaders, a crowd of diplomats, cultural and economic figures and UN staff.
Speakers at the event were UN Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Bader Al Dafa, Charge d'Affaires at the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation …
The staff of the United Nations in Beirut observed a minute of silence on Tuesday 13 January 2009 for all those who lost their lives in the ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip, and for the brave UN staff still working in the area.
A plenary meeting was held at the UN House, Beirut organized by the Staff Councils of UN Development Program (UNDP), UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Children Fund (UNICEF), UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), International Labor Organization (ILO) and UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian …
"We have seen many difficulties in the past year. But it has been a crucial time in setting the stage for peace. Two thousand nine must be the year that these preparations bear fruit.