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Nine out of ten Syrian refugee families in Lebanon are now living in extreme poverty, UN study says

Nine out of ten Syrian refugee families in Lebanon are now living in extreme poverty, UN study says

(Beirut, LEBANON) 18 December 2020 – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today published the key findings of the 2020 Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR). The economic downturn, steep inflation, COVID-19 and finally the Beirut blast have pushed vulnerable

CARBON NEUTRALITY BY 2050: THE WORLD’S MOST URGENT MISSION Op-ed article by UN Secretary-General António Guterres

As the world marks the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, a promising movement for carbon neutrality is taking shape.  By next month, countries representing more than 65 per cent of harmful greenhouse gasses and more than 70 per cent of the world economy will have committed to

UN-Habitat announces cash for rent payments to 800 vulnerable families affected by the Beirut Blast

Beirut, 8 December 2020. Four months have passed since the devastating Beirut Port explosions. Many remain displaced and are living in temporary accommodation, shared shelters or at the homes of their friends and families. Countless families continue to live in their damaged homes – despite risk of their collapse, due to fear of losing their

UN75: The Future We Want, The UN We Need Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN’s worldwide consultation reveals a strong call for action on inequalities and climate change, as well as more solidarity

In January 2020, the United Nations launched the global consultation to mark its 75th anniversary. Through surveys and dialogues, it asked people about their hopes and fears for the future – representing the UN’s most ambitious effort to date to understand expectations of international cooperation and of the UN in particular. It is also the

Decisive Action and Change Needed to Reform and Rebuild a Better Lebanon

Beirut Explosion Caused Up to US$4.6 Billion in Damages to Infrastructure and Physical Assets, according to New Assessment WASHINGTON, August 30, 2020—A new damage and needs assessment following the August 4 explosion that rocked the city of Beirut calls for building back a better Lebanon based on the principles of transparency, inclusion and accountability to

Media Advisory sent on behalf of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa (OHCHR)

Beirut, 05 August 2020 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa (OHCHR) wishes to inform all media outlets and concerned authorities that an individual named Haytham Abou Said who claims to be “Representative of the Office of the Middle East Commissioner of the International Commission for Human Rights

75th Anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Time to end the nuclear menace By UN Secretary-General António Guterres

This month marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when humanity learned of the devastation a single nuclear bomb can unleash.  The lingering suffering caused to the survivors, the hibakusha, should give us daily motivation to eliminate all nuclear arms. They have shared their stories so the horror experienced by

Secretary-General’s Policy Brief on Education during COVID-19 and Beyond

Key Messages 4 August 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners in all countries and all continents. The pandemic has exacerbated education disparities. Learning losses due to prolonged school closures threaten to erase progress made in recent decades, not least for girls and