The Lebanese Working Group on Palestinian Refugees, which became later known as the Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee (LPDC), was created in November 2005 by the Council of Ministers, in response to the goal set by the Government of Lebanon (GoL) to improve the living conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
Lebanon is subject to a wide range of natural hazards, the biggest threat being of a severe earthquake and/or an associated Tsunami. Smaller-scale disasters which the country also faces include floods, forest fires, land-slides and drought.
The UNDP Peace Building Project (2006-2011) addressed the underlying causes of conflict in Lebanon and created “safe spaces” for local identity groups to discuss their concerns openly and enhance mutual understanding of the different “other”.
In response to the summer 2007 NBC conflict between Fatah Al Islam and the Lebanese Armed Forces, UNDP in January 2008 launched a recovery project “Early recovery of Nahr El Bared surrounding municipalities” focusing on the 6 municipalities surrounding the NBC area, namely; Muhammara, Bebnine, Bhanine, Minieh, Beddawi and Deir Amar, funded by the Italian government. Recognizing that the other 22 surrounding municipalities of Nahr El Bared were also badly affected by the crisis, UNDP received funding from the LRF to expand the recovery work to the third ring.