“Peace” takes over the walls of Jbeil and Chiyah schools
“Peace” takes over the walls of Jbeil and Chiyah schools

After months of preparations and conflict resolution trainings, the students of Jbeil and Chiyah among 15 other schools in Mount Lebanon, finally celebrated non-violence through “Peace” graffiti on the school walls. Aiming at introducing peace building into formal and non-formal education, the UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon” project targets school principals, teachers, students, school staff members, and parents through its Violence Free Schools initiative.

“Together We Stay”: Lebanese and Syrians in West Bekaa say through theater
“Together We Stay”: Lebanese and Syrians in West Bekaa say through theater

After months of training and rehearsals, Lebanese and Syrian youth performed a social play “Maa’an Nabka” (Together We Stay) on Saturday night, to officially announce the vision and mission of the newly established West Bekaa NGO "Darb El Salam" (Pathway to Peace). This NGO is the result of the joint efforts of active local actors from Al Marj, Ghazzeh, Al Qaraoun, Hawsh El Harimi, Machghara, and Jeb Jenine and came as a result of the Mechanisms for Social Stability (MSS) process implemented by the UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon" and funded by KFW; when 9 members decided to institutionalize their mediation and reconciliation skills acquired during the training sessions to be able to work on the prevention and resolution of violent conflicts through peaceful means and to create a culture of dialogue and communication between the various communities in the West Bekaa.

Engaging youth in debating the future of development in the Arab region UNDP launches Arab Human Development Report 2016 at the American University of Beirut
Engaging youth in debating the future of development in the Arab region UNDP launches Arab Human Development Report 2016 at the American University of Beirut

The American University of Beirut (AUB) hosted today the launch of the latest edition in the Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) series published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The launch event brought together a largely youthful crowd of over 200 people from across the region, including students, academics, representatives of civil society, women’s organizations, government officials, parliamentarians, as well as the private sector and the media.

Nabatieh market benefits 400,000 Lebanese residents, including around 8000 fruit and vegetable producers
Nabatieh market benefits 400,000 Lebanese residents, including around 8000 fruit and vegetable producers

The Nabatieh Vegetable Market Inauguration took place on the November 15, 2016. This project has been implemented to work towards the alleviation of poverty by focusing on agricultural constraints and supporting the farmers. With the Nabatiyeh fruit and vegetable market in place, farmers will no longer have to commute to other areas in Lebanon in order to sell their products. This will not only lead to a reduction in transportation costs, it will also provide easier access to a market where farmers can showcase their products. The direct interaction between the consumer and farmer will help the farmers adapt their products to the market demands and ensure that they are able to correspond to consumer needs.

Earthquake Simulation in Mount Lebanon
Earthquake Simulation in Mount Lebanon

A seven degrees magnitude earthquake hit the Lebanese coast causing serious damages in the crowded residential area. A mobile operation room for crisis management was activated close to the damaged areas, and the Mount Lebanon response plan was put into action in order to conduct and coordinate evacuation, extinguishing fires, and search and rescue actions. On Saturday 19 November 2016, for the third time in a row the UNDP Disaster Risk Management Project at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, organized the annual national field simulation in the framework of the National Response Plan based on an earthquake scenario. This year's simulation was implemented in collaboration with the Governorate of Mount Lebanon and the Higher Defense Council.

Addressing silent violence - Luttons contre la violence silencieuse
Addressing silent violence - Luttons contre la violence silencieuse

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the first day of a 16-day activism campaign to end gender-based violence, which ends on Dec.10, Human Rights Day. Gender-based violence affects all of us: women and girls, men and boys. It occurs regardless of age, ethnicity, religious background and nationality. Lebanon is no exception.

The Earthing and Lightning Overvoltage Protection for PV Plants Guideline Report
The Earthing and Lightning Overvoltage Protection for PV Plants Guideline Report

The Earthing and Lightning Overvoltage Protection for PV Plants Guideline Report, developed and published with a special focus on a Lebanese application, aims at establishing a common and general procedure to ensure safety for persons and equipment in PV plants. Due to the PV market’s development characteristics that can be foreseen in Lebanon, it focuses on PV plants that are interconnected to a client’s electrical distribution grid. The report contains three procedures which specifically refer to each one of the three topics covered: Earthing, Lightning Overvoltage, and other transient overvoltage.

DRR training course for young Diplomats
DRR training course for young Diplomats

The UNDP Disaster Risk Management (DRM) project at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, organized a week long training course on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for more than 40 young Lebanese diplomats. The training, which was conducted by international DRR experts, aimed at introducing the newly appointed diplomats to the international disaster response environment.

“Towards a Comprehensive Food Safety Strategy in Lebanon” Presented Food Safety Committee Achievements & Recommendations for the Way Forward
“Towards a Comprehensive Food Safety Strategy in Lebanon” Presented Food Safety Committee Achievements & Recommendations for the Way Forward

Under the auspices of the President of Council of Ministers, the Food Safety Committee (FSC) at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers organized a Meeting entitled “Towards a Comprehensive Food Safety Strategy in Lebanon” on the 4th of November 2016 at the Grand Serail.