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.