Refugee Crisis Hits Lebanon’s Electricity Network
Refugee Crisis Hits Lebanon’s Electricity Network

The ongoing Syrian refugee crisis is damaging Lebanon’s already poor electricity infrastructure. The Ministry of Energy and Water in partnership with UNDP and with funding from the Kingdom of the Netherlands launched the report on The Impact of the Syrian Crisis on the Lebanese Power Sector and Priority Recommendations on February 21, 2017 at the Smallville Hotel in Beirut.

"Peace Building in Lebanon" project’s 14th issue of the Newsletter

In the 14th issue of the newsletter, the UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon” project sheds light on the work done with municipalities, schools, media outlets and NGOs in the fields of social stability and peace building.

Lebanon Stabilization and Recovery Programme 2017
Lebanon Stabilization and Recovery Programme 2017

The ongoing war in Syria has taken its toll on Lebanon’s peace and stability. Since the beginning of the crisis the country has become home to over 1.5 million refugees— the vast majority of whom live in poverty and struggle to meet their survival needs. Over the past year, as pressure on basic services has mounted and economic opportunities dwindled, the displaced have increasingly turned to negative coping strategies. At the same time, attitudes among Lebanese host communities have hardened. In an effort to address the worsening situation and prevent tensions from spilling over, the 2017–2020 Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) presents a collective vision to provide for the country’s social, economic, and environmental stability.

Competition: Environmate - Got a great idea for the environment?
Competition: Environmate - Got a great idea for the environment?

Global Compact Network Lebanon, the local chapter of the UN Global Compact, is currently organizing a one-of-a-kind competition targeting young professionals and university students with great ideas for the environment. Environmate is an environmental competition whose ultimate objective is to create a proper framework for home-grown solutions that address today’s most urgent energy and environmental challenges in Lebanon. Its role will be to find, fund, and foster young bright Lebanese ecopreneurs, providing them with the vision, incentives and resources to grow their ideas into viable implementation. Environmate seeks to provide a platform for interaction and visibility between those who have the ideas and those who can provide the capital. After the selection of applications on April 15, 2017, businesses from GCNL network will adopt one of the participating teams and provide them with the necessary coaching leading up to the ENVIRONMATE HACKATHON where they will announce the three winners and distribute the prizes in the order of first, second and third place ($10,000, $7,000 and $5,000, respectively).

Developing the Potential of Minieh’s Youth
Developing the Potential of Minieh’s Youth

Particularly in Minieh, and after conducting a conflict and tension analysis, local actors perceived the need for new projects in their city, so they decided to form a proposal-writing committee to create better job opportunities for the youth of Minieh. In addition to that, the committee aims at reducing strains and improving the situation among Lebanese and Syrian residents.

The Impact of the Syrian Crisis on the Lebanese Power Sector and Priority Recommendations
The Impact of the Syrian Crisis on the Lebanese Power Sector and Priority Recommendations

The Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and with funding from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, initiated a project to study the additional power consumption as a result of the displaced Syrians in Lebanon. This report quantifies the power consumption of the displaced Syrians in Lebanon, assesses their direct and indirect impact on the electricity sector in Lebanon, and recommends interventions that are in line with the government’s Policy Paper, Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) and Lebanon’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). The data produced in this report was also used to prepare the Energy Sector of the LCRP 2017 – 2020.

Peace Building in Lebanon News Supplement visits Saida
Peace Building in Lebanon News Supplement visits Saida

During this session, participants shared their opinions, comments, and suggestions regarding the 14th issue of the “Peace Building in Lebanon” News Supplement. Funded by KfW, this supplement was published by the UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon” project on December 22, 2016.

Journalists of Akkar Express Their Challenges Amidst Social Media Craze
Journalists of Akkar Express Their Challenges Amidst Social Media Craze

25 local reporters and journalists from North Lebanon and Akkar, eagerly participated in a meeting entitled “Towards a Responsible Media Working on Strengthening Civil Peace in Lebanon” organized by Maharat Foundation in partnership with the UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon” on January 19th, 2016 at the Orthodox National School in Halba, Akkar. This activity is funded by UKDFID.

Launch of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan
Launch of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan

Prime Minister Saad Hariri together with UN Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini, formally launched today the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan 2017-2020 at the Grand Serail. As the conflict in Syria approaches its seventh year, the Government of Lebanon and its national and international partners appealed for US $2.8bn to provide critical humanitarian assistance and protection as well as invest in Lebanon’s public infrastructure, services and local economy in 2017