The Peace Building in Lebanon Joint Supplement - 13th Issue
The Peace Building in Lebanon Joint Supplement - 13th Issue

his supplement is produced by the UNDP «Peace Building in Lebanon» project, funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development through KfW. The original Arabic version is distributed with An-Nahar and As-Safir newspapers while a translated English version is distributed with The Daily Star and a translated French version with L’Orient Le Jour. The supplement contains articles by writers, journalists, media professionals, researchers and artists from Lebanon and Syria and Palestine; they cover issues related to civil peace in addition to the repercussions of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon and the relations between Lebanese and Syrians, employing objective approaches that are free of hatred and misconceptions.

Live Lebanon Rehabilitates Maroun Abboud Public School in Aley
Live Lebanon Rehabilitates Maroun Abboud Public School in Aley

The high school accommodates more than 500 students, and employs over 60 teachers and staff members from Aley and the surrounding villages every year. However, the school suffered from serious infrastructure problems that included leaks in the entire roof of the building as well as broken and unhygienic toilets.

Youth Program, a Better Tomorrow
Youth Program, a Better Tomorrow

A workshop entitled Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) II was held on two consecutive days, September 21st and 22nd 2016. This event was held by the UNDP in collaboration with UN Women to support young people from across the region in addressing sustainable development challenges in four thematic areas: Gender Equality, Good Governance, Social Cohesion, and Economic Empowerment. Different speakers, who were once youth with ideas and now became innovative leaders, discussed different titles with the audience such as Leadership, SDGs, Economic Empowerment, social cohesion, and Gender Equality.

Lebanese and Syrian youth play beats of peace
Lebanese and Syrian youth play beats of peace

The committee of Al Qaraoun is one of several committees established together by local authorities and local actors all over Lebanon, under the supervision of the municipalities, supported by the UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon” project to address the existing challenges to social stability and peace building as well as those caused by the impact of the Syrian crisis on host communities.

Creativity, arts and innovation, tools for peace building in Majdel Anjar
Creativity, arts and innovation, tools for peace building in Majdel Anjar

Paintings, handicrafts, canvas, knitted wool dresses and painted glass were displaced for the 550 visitors coming to attend the arts exhibition in Majdel Anjar, Bekaa organized on Friday 16th of September 2016. For three months, 60 Lebanese and Syrian, women, youth and children were given the opportunity to improve their hidden talents, learn new techniques to develop their art crafts and exchange knowledge and information with experts in the arts and design fields. This activity is organized by the socio-cultural committee of Majdel Anjar, as part of the Mechanisms for Social Stability (MSS) process, supported by the UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon” and funded by UK DFID.

IDAL Improves the Lebanese Film Industry with the Help of UNDP
IDAL Improves the Lebanese Film Industry with the Help of UNDP

Nine of the brightest and best Lebanese film makers were given the chance to participate and represent their country in one of the most important international film festivals. These filmmakers successfully showcased their films with the aim for Lebanon to become a filming destination and a regional hub for the film industry. One of the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon’s (IDAL) greatest contributions was to the media sector. In fact, for the 2nd consecutive year, IDAL in partnership with the Lebanese Tourism Office in Paris and Fondation Liban Cinema (FLC), continued its support of the Lebanese film industry in Cannes through the sponsoring of the Lebanese Pavilion, the screening of Lebanese movies at the Cannes Film Market and the participation of Lebanese Filmmakers in workshops held during the festival.

UNDP Lebanon hold meet up to support the Social Good Summit 2016
UNDP Lebanon hold meet up to support the Social Good Summit 2016

The Social Good Summit is an annual event where activists, university students, journalists, NGO representatives & bloggers meet up to discuss big ideas and find solutions for a sustainable world. Just like last year, the 2016 Social Good Summit focused on the work that needs to be done to achieve the 17 Sustainable Goals in the next 15 years. This meeting is an international initiative where more than 60 meetings are taking place in different cities around the world.

Embassy of Japan, UNDP and UNHCR conduct a joint field mission to Qabb Elias, Bekka
Embassy of Japan, UNDP and UNHCR conduct a joint field mission to Qabb Elias, Bekka

On September 19, 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Embassy of Japan conducted a joint field visit to Qabb Elias, Bekaa. The purpose was to monitor the impact of Emergency Grant Aid, of US$ 2 million, provided by the Government of Japan to UNDP and UNHCR in response to the needs of host communities and the Syrian refugees in Lebanon. This visit coincided with the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants that was taking place in New York.

Setting a new kind of “positive” addiction in Kfaroman, South Lebanon: puppets battle against drugs
Setting a new kind of “positive” addiction in Kfaroman, South Lebanon: puppets battle against drugs

Gathered in the hall of Al Taharor Club in Kfarroman, on Thursday 1st of September 2016, scouts, youth, children and families eagerly came to watch “Qosasna – Our stories” puppetry show. It was part of a drug prevention campaign that aimed at transmitting anti-drugs messages. The campaign was organized by the committee in Kfaroman in coordination with the municipality, supported by the Youth Network for Citizenship and Activism (YNCA) and the UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon” project as part of the Mechanisms for Social Stability (MSS) implemented all over Lebanon, with the generous funds of Norway.