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Supporting social cohesion by reducing tensions

As the Syrian crisis goes on, Lebanese host communities are witnessing socio-economic and security implications affecting their everyday life. Signs of conflicts between the Lebanese and Syrian communities are becoming clear in many regions across the country. Faced with the overload of challenges amore

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Lebanese Expatriate trains 18 leaders from different units within the Lebanese Army on "Cyber Defense"

The TOKTEN project in cooperation with LAF Research and Strategic Studies Center organized three days seminar on Cyber defense: building blocks and challenges that was held from 23-25 June 2014. Funded by an expatriate Mr. Monzer Hourani., the seminar was attended by 18 trainees from the: Army HQ’s,more

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Fresh Air and Green Areas for Saida Citizens

“Almost ninety percent of the garbage mountain is now gone, due to the process of rehabilitating the dumpsite area, and the remaining 10% will be done in 1 month.” says Nicolas Gharib, UNDP Project Manager of The Rehabilitation of Saida Dumpsite Project. “I can estimate that around 50% of the whole more

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Enhancing the Resilience of Communities in the Face of Natural Disasters

“This exercise is part of a program called ‘éducation à la vie’ or ‘education in life,’ which consists in providing rules and information that will help students to avoid natural as well as social and psychological problems, and we are planning on making this exercise an annual event because we belimore

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Flood Risk Management Structures in Aarsal and Ras Baalbek save Lives of the locals and the Syrian Refugees in Bekaa Region

“The damage that we used to witness before did not happen this time” wrote the Mayor of Aarsal to UNDP on the 12th of May 2014 after his village and the neighboring village of Ras Baalbek witnessed heavy rainfall resulting in floods of extreme intensity between the 7th and 9th of May. The common watmore

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The Lebanese Army Supports Civilians in Hot Spot Areas

The Civil-Military cooperation  integrates military capacities into a collective response to human need. The UNDP supports the Lebanese Army Civil-Military Cooperation for enhanced relief, stabilization and peacebuilding.  “I have been treated by many doctors for my Allergy problems, heartmore

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UNDP and the UK boost Cooperation in Supporting of the Health Care Center in Bekaa Area

“Despite the poverty we are living in, the center has helped me and my kids a lot especially that getting medical care in Lebanon is too expensive.” Said Soua’d Al Shridi, a 32 year-old Syrian beneficiary and a mother of nine kids. Another Lebanese mother who refused to give us personal information more

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SYRIA CRISIS - BEYOND THE BORDERS - Hassan's Story

AKKAR, LEBANON This agricultural area in northern Lebanon relies heavily on exporting its products. When the conflict in Syria closed off trade routes, farmers like Hassan Awad suffered immensely.   With support from donors, UNDP has set up a farmers’ cooperative to help increase productivity.more

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UNDP set up farmers’ cooperative to help increase productivity.

200 Lebanese and Syrian farmers who live in Akkar region benefit from Green Houses cooperatives Nurseries Before this nursery was launched, work was very hard. We used to plant the seeds outside, but the results were not good. Since UNDP launched these greenhouses, work has become easier, the resultmore

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Lebanon – Supporting Local Economies

“We used to sit on rocks and walk in mud during winter season. But now the road is paved, so the market is accessible and clean.” For Amira Bou Zeid, a Lebanese citizen from in the country’s Bekaa Valley region, the renovation of her local market through a UNDP project funded by UNHCR has made a reamore

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A better shelter for refugees from Syria in Palestinian Gatherings in Lebanon

UNDP helped 25 Palestinian families from Syria living in tented settlement move to rehabilitated and equipped rooms in a collective center in Sekke Gathering, an Adjacent Area to Ain El Helwe Palestinian Camp in Saida, South Lebanon. “It’s been a long time since we last slept with a roof over our hemore

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Restoring Lives and livelihoods of the Ouzai Port Fishermen

The devastating July 2006 war affected the lives and livelihoods of the local community in Beirut southern suburbs, particularly the fishermen at the Ouzai port, where an entire fleet of 300 fishing boats – the source of a living for many – were destroyed.   In an attempt to support the fishermmore

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Improving the living conditions of Arabsalim farmers highly affected by cluster bombs

Arabsalim region is renowned for the quality of Mulokhia it produces; residents from the South and from Beirut historically visit the village on purpose to specifically purchase this Mulokhia. However, farmers used to have problems in finding spacious areas necessary for drying Mulokhia and were oblmore

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Silver Award to the 2013 Voter Registration Billboards

The 2013 Voter Registration Billboard was awarded the Silver Prize for the citizen billposter during the Pikasso D’Or 2013. The campaign was produced by Memac Ogilvy for the Ministry of Interior & Municipalities as part of the UNDP/LEAP activities.   For more information, please visit the fmore

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Reaching out for a better future by reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

According to Mrs. Guilene Azzam, Marketing Communication Manager at Schneider Electric and the Global Specialist in Energy Management in the East Mediterranean Region,   “We are very enthusiastic about this initiative, and encouraging it. We, at Schneider Electric, believe we can make the more

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Hygiene kits help improve living conditions for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

UNDP has been distributing simple items which will make the lives easier for thousands of refugees from Syria living in Palestinian gatherings. A Palestinian refugee from Syria and a mother of two children, Rim investigates the contents of a large, blue pail with the UNDP logo on the side. “These simore

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UNDP and UN-Habitat are helping Palestinian refugees from Syria stay warm and survive the cold winter months

Last winter was bitter for Hassan   and his family of 11. After fleeing from their home in Damascus, Syria, they found shelter in Lebanon in a two-room apartment with a leaky ceiling, no doors and no hot water. "A relative of mine offered us these rooms," Hassan says, whose home more

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Are you searching for unique experience in spending 10 days in an off-season camp in Andalusia, Spain?

International Off-Season Camp for Youth in Andalusia, Spain From February 11 to 24 February 2014   Do you have creative ideas for promoting tourism in Lebanon? Are you searching for unique experience in spending 10 days in an off-season camp in Andalusia, Spain?   Are you keen for meeting more

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Towards a culture of tolerance and peace - UNDP trains teachers on peace building and conflict resolution skills

For three consecutive days, Theodora Jaafar, a teacher working in the public school of Al Qasr northern village drove around three hours daily to attend the “peace building and conflict resolution skills” training for public schools teachers, led by UNDP in partnership with UNHCR   “I wanted tomore

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Bringing joy to the needy and the forgotten

This year’s UN Day was commemorated by a series of humanitarian activities which began with a humble initiative and ended with an unforgettable outcome.  Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, the rising influx of Syrian refugees has been increasing dramatically in Lebanon, most of which aremore

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