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UNDP-Lb Editors in Chief signing Journalists' Pact at launching ceremony

The CPR portfolio provides technical and project implementation support to the Lebanese Ministry of Defence on a key area. UNDP continues to work closely with the Lebanese Army towards strengthening the institutional, communication and coordination capacity of the Lebanon Mine Action Centre (LMAC) to effectively implement the mine action strategy 2010-2020. Specific areas supported by the portfolio include mine risk education, mine victim assistance and clearance operations in the South and North. Moreover, the portfolio remains engaged with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) post Lebanon’s ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). Following Lebanon’s hosting of the Second Meeting of State Parties (2MSP) on CCM in 2011 supported by the UNDP, the portfolio continues to support MOFA in its advocacy efforts to promote universalization and regional adherence of the Convention, as well as, fulfilling Lebanon’s obligations as a State Party. Furthermore, the UNDP has also engaged with the Lebanese Army on strengthening its newly established Civil Military Coordination (CIMIC) section. In addition to assisting the Army in developing its CIMIC strategy, the portfolio supported community outreach initiatives and capacity building exercise.  

UNDP also continues to work closely with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on disaster risk management. Addressing Lebanon’s exposure and vulnerability to disasters, the UNDP provides technical support to the PMO to strengthen the institutional framework and system for disaster risk management. The first phase of this engagement facilitated partnerships between key national institutions resulting in the development of Lebanon’s national response plan. Moreover, multidisciplinary teams were also established to assess Lebanon's progress towards the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action. The current phase of the project focuses on integrating disaster risk reduction (DRR) components into sectorial planning as a means to enhancing local community capacity and reducing losses in life and property in cases of disasters.

At the national level, UNDP’s support to the Lebanese Palestinian Dialogue Committee has focused on strengthening the responsiveness of the Government of Lebanon to address the living conditions of Palestinian refugees, and to improve the delivery of services, wherever possible. Through UNDP’s technical assistance, LPDC remains the main focal point within the Government on Palestinian issues, moreover, LPDC in partnership with the Common Space, have established a permanent dialogue mechanism.  At the local level, in partnership with the LPDC and UNRWA, UNDP has established itself as a key UN agency to strengthen dialogue, cooperation and service delivery between municipalities and informal Palestinian gatherings, whenever applicable, throughout the country. Over the past year, the UNDP/UNHABITAT joint programme has to led implementing a number of infrastructure rehabilitation projects in camp adjacent areas in addition to the establishment of a national observatory for Palestinian Gatherings, therefore contributing to better national policy planning as well as better information sharing and coordination among NGOs working in the gatherings.

Building on earlier work carried out by the Peace Building project (2006-2011), the Strengthening Civil Peace project that followed, aimed at addressing the underlying causes of conflict and tensions in Lebanon for the purpose of reducing sectarian and communal divides and the risks of conflict relapse.  Youth, NGOs, municipal officials, teachers, and the media were engaged to collectively devise and implement community-driven mechanisms that can mitigate conflict at the local level. In response to the Syrian crisis, the project engaged with Wadi Khaled area through a series of trainings for teachers and municipalities on peace building and conflict resolution to better enable them to address the impact of the Syrian crisis on Lebanese host communities and help the community in becoming more equipped to face the new challenge and manage the crisis.