UNDP Lebanon issues it newsletter every 3 months. The newsletter includes the latest activities carried out by UNDP in addition to the latest Social Media campaigns, YouTube videos and publications.
UNDP plans and implements its programs in partnership with key stakeholders, from government, UN agencies, NGOs, international financial institutions and bilateral donors, to civil society, the private sector and universities.
Supported by a team of over 300 mostly Lebanese professionals, our current programme includes more than 60 local and national projects that focus on improving areas critical to Lebanon's future.
The economic and social impact of the Syrian crisis in Lebanon reached new heights in 2015-2016. In a country of four million Lebanese nationals, the Government of Lebanon has estimated that there are 1.5 million Syrian refugees, in addition to 280,000 Palestine refugees. The number of people living in poverty in Lebanon has risen by nearly two-thirds since 2011, and local unemployment has also increased significantly. After five years of economic hardship, access to and quality of essential services, including national health, education and infrastructure, have been negatively impacted. This has had the greatest impact on children and youth, affecting education attainment and youth employment (the youth unemployment rate is 33%). Although the number of Syrian refugees remained more or less stable in 2015, and almost USD 5 billion invested to support Lebanon since 2011, individual and institutional vulnerabilities are consistently and rapidly deteriorating.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network. It advocates for positive change and connects countries to knowledge and resources to help ordinary people build better lives. UNDP has been working in Lebanon since 1960, supporting the government and the people in their efforts to recover from the civil war, build lasting peace, generate sustainable and equitable growth, and mobilize funds from donors to help the country in these efforts. With the escalation of the crisis in Syria, UNDP’s outreach has expanded to include supporting the Lebanese population to cope with the impact of the Syrian refugee influx.
Lebanon has achieved seven of its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets in health, primary education, and gender equality in education. Yet the most critical of the targets, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability, have not been achieved.
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