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Syrian refugees: UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly meets Lebanon's Minister Wael Abou-Faour

BEIRUT | iloubnan.info, with agencies - January 10, 2014, 08h29
United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Mr. Derek Plumbly, met today with caretaker Minister of Social Affairs Wael Abou Faour to discuss preparations for the upcoming donor pledging conference in Kuwait on 15 January.
The conference, hosted by the Emir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, and chaired by the United Nations Secretary-General, will aim to highlight the impact of the continued deterioration of the humanitarian situation and to mobilize funds for humanitarian and stabilization needs in Syria and neighboring countries, including Lebanon.

Mr. Plumbly noted that Lebanon has been seriously impacted by the Syrian conflict and is hosting 860,000 registered refugees, the most of any country in the region. He commended Lebanon for its "deep generosity" in hosting such a large number of refugees and for sustaining an open border.

He noted the lead role of the Ministry of Social Affairs in working with the international community in managing the complex and large-scale humanitarian response. “Minister Abou Faour has been at the forefront of these tremendous efforts to ensure the most vulnerable people receive life-saving assistance and access to basic services, particularly during these very difficult winter conditions”, he said.

Mr. Plumbly noted that the sum of $1.7 billion US dollars will be sought in Kuwait to support the inter-agency refugee response in Lebanon, including a sizeable portion devoted to Government programs, all within the Regional Response Plan (RRP6) appeal. In addition to Syrian refugees, the refugee appeal seeks support for affected Lebanese communities and Lebanese returnees as well as support to Lebanese institutions. “The UN and its partners in Lebanon will do all they can to continue assisting Lebanese institutions to respond to the incredible challenges the country face as a consequence of the conflict in Syria,” Mr. Plumbly said. “But of course this depends on a continued generous flow of support, including financial support, from the international community.” As of early December, some 69 percent of the sum sought at the previous Kuwait conference by the United Nations and its partners for assistance for Lebanon in 2013 had been received.
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