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The urban environment, in which all cities strive, is mainly powered by electricity. This driving force is now very essential and the demand for it is massive. However, the growing need to supply energy is exhausting the planet. In fact, by burning fossil fuel to generate electricity, we are releasing CO2 in the atmosphere as a byproduct; this gas contributes to the greenhouse effect and is one of the main drivers of climate change. Consequently, with the environment under threat, efforts are being made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and one of many solutions to this problem is the installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems which generate electricity without burning fossil fuel. Subsequently, industries with high energy consumption are urged to adopt environment-friendly policies to help preserve the environment. One Lebanese company, Liban Cables, has recently adopted such policies.
The Lebanon Host Communities Support Programme's (LHSP) quarterly newsletter is out
The Lebanon Host Communities Support Programme is jointly implemented through a MoSA - UNDP partnership as a comprehensive, coordinated, and durable response to the needs of the host communities during the Syrian Crisis and its implications on the country. LHSP has become the main UNDP contribution to the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (2017-2020).
This supplement is produced by the UNDP «Peace Building in Lebanon» project, funded by Germany. The Arabic version is distributed with An-Nahar while the English version is distributed with The Daily Star and the French version with L’Orient-Le Jour.
The supplement contains articles by writers, journalists, media professionals, researchers and artists residing in Lebanon 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.
As part of their partnership since 2011 UNDP and SENTEURS D’ORIENT in collaboration with the STARTLINE foundation launched a program to empower women across Lebanon. The program targets from each region, 20-25 women with no formal education and supports them in discovering other solutions to overcome poverty and startup their own business. The plan is carried out with the collaboration of municipalities, grassroots organizations, important local figures and UN agencies.
UNDP’s work in Lebanon aims to help the country move towards a number of interlinked goals. These include good governance, peacebuilding and crisis prevention; social and local development; and sustainable management of energy and the environment.
The following report summarizes some of the highlights of UNDP’s work in each of these areas during 2015 and 2016.
Under the auspices of the Minister of Energy and Water, H.E Mr. Cesar Abi Khalil and the Minister of Industry, H.E. Dr. Hussein Al Hajj Hassan, in the presence of the Assistant Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. Edgard Chehab, and the Chairman and President of Liban Cables, Mr. Bassem El-Hibri, the opening event of a large solar power plant serving Liban Cables’ Industry in Nahr Ibrahim took place on 14th of July. The 601 kilowatt-peak solar power plant was co-financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Liban Cables through the Central Bank’s NEEREA loan programme, implemented by the UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Water.
Under the high patronage of His Excellency the President of the Lebanese Republic General Michel Aoun, represented by H. E. the Minister of Economy & Trade and in collaboration with the Central Bank of Lebanon, the Ministry of Economy and Trade initiated an interactive full day forum that took place at the Pavillon Royal, Biel on July 11, 2017 under the slogan “Your Needs, Our Challenges”. This conference aimed at discussing and targeting Small and Medium Enterprise’s (SME) roles in Lebanon’s business environment at a national level and to enhance SME’s performances through live interventions and thought exchanges held by major representatives from private, public sectors, Civil Society and donors.
The General Secretariat of the Lebanese Parliament in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program, launched a full-day development workshop targeting the Governorate of Akkar, as one of many regional development workshops that were implemented since 2000 until 2013. This event took place at the Lebanese Parliament on July 13th, 2017 along with the two main participants His Excellency State Minister for Refugee Affairs, Mr. Moueen Al- Merhebi, and His Excellency Deputy United Nations special coordinator for Lebanon, UN Resident and Humanitarian coordinator and United Nations Development Program Resident Representative, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini. Moreover, the attendance of other important public figures such as relevant ministries, public administrations, official bodies, and international and civil society organizations were vital in presenting their master plans and discussing their current and future projects with the Members of Parliament, concerning Akkar region.
nder the patronage of His Excellency Prime Minister Saad Hariri, with the support of H.E. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Ghassan Hasbani, the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Lebanon Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, the President of the Lebanese American University (LAU) Mr. Joseph Jabbra, and the Lebanese Ministries of Information and Tourism, another event which will pave the way for a brighter Lebanon was witnessed. Haddad, a Lebanese citizen from the Beqaa, paralyzed from the chest down, launched his next journey under the slogan “The North Pole Expedition: A Journey for Humanity”, at the Grand Serail, Beirut, on July 11, 2017. The event was partnered by Touch, and Michael Haddad’s North Pole Expedition will be monitored by Deloitte. Important figures along with Haddad attended this event, such as international and local media, government officials, the European delegation in Lebanon, dignitaries from general diplomatic missions, climate change advocates, and non-governmental organizations.