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Brussels IV Syria Conference Joint Op-Ed Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Put women at the centre of Syria crisis response

Brussels IV Syria Conference Joint Op-Ed Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Put women at the centre of Syria crisis response

As the Syria crisis enters its 10th year, the situation is especially dire for women and girls, with the effects of COVID-19 compounding the risks and hardships for millions of people inside the country and for refugees around the region. Today nearly 12 million people in Syria require urgent humanitarian assistance and around 4 million

UNODC World Drug Report 2020: Global drug use rising; while COVID-19 has far reaching impact on global drug markets

VIENNA, 25 June 2020 – Around 269 million people used drugs worldwide in 2018, which is 30 per cent more than in 2009, while over 35 million people suffer from drug use disorders, according to the latest World Drug Report, released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Report also analyses

UN Secretary-General appoints Ms. Najat Rochdi of Morocco as Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Najat Rochdi of Morocco as his Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, in the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) and Resident Coordinator.  Ms. Rochdi will also serve as Humanitarian Coordinator.  Ms. Rochdi succeeds Philippe Lazzarini of Switzerland, who completed his assignment on 31 March. 

Mental Health as a Priority for UN in Lebanon during COVID-19

Beirut, Lebanon Friday, 19 June 2020 (United Nations) – The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Lebanon at a time of instability, not only affecting physical health, but also increasing stress and anxiety. Those population with vulnerability during this pandemic today are frontline healthcare workers, older people, adolescents and young people, those with pre-existing mental health conditions

UNDP: Governments must lead fight against coronavirus misinformation & disinformation

Proliferation of dangerous disinformation and misinformation threaten national pandemic responses, putting even more lives and livelihoods at risk New York, June 4, 2020 – Governments must step up to lead the fight against a growing tide of false, inflammatory and misleading information that threatens to worsen the already severe impacts of the virus, according to

#MakeItRight: A campaign by UN Lebanon and TBWA\RAAD on World Environment Day

Beirut, Lebanon Friday, 5 June 2020 (United Nations) – Every year the world celebrates World Environment Day on 5 June, a day dedicated to focusing efforts of the governments, businesses and citizens on pressing environmental issues. This year’s theme is biodiversity — a call to action to combat the accelerating species loss and degradation of the

Sustainable waste management initiatives have a critical role to play in post COVID-19 West Asia

Sami Dimassi Regional Director and Representative of the United Nations Environment Programme for West Asia (UNEP). If someone proposed that you could create new business opportunities worth US$10 billion per year and achieve the primary sustainable development goal targets of 100 per cent municipal solid waste collection, phasing out dumpsites and implementing the 3Rs‒ “reduce,”

UN in Lebanon scales up efforts to respond to key gender issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak

Beirut, Lebanon Friday, 29 May 2020 (United Nations) – In Lebanon, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the country at a time of instability. In this context, its secondary effects on domestic violence, the gender gap in employment and on unpaid work, risk disproportionately impacting women and girls, and rolling back hard-won gender equality gains. Women health

UNESCO and Education Cannot Wait launch online learning resources for teachers and students in Lebanon

The COVID-19 outbreak has translated into a major education crisis. In Lebanon, 1.2 million children are affected by school closure and have seen their learning routine disrupted. While Lebanon has switched to distance teaching and learning to mitigate the effects of such disruption, challenges related to preparedness, infrastructure and capacity, as well as the digital