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الجذور الأكاديمية: برامج و مواضيع متعلقة بـالايكولوجية والصحة والسلامة بهدف إلهام و دفع الشباب للتحرك و الإبتكار

NO POVERTY

Eliminating poverty, especially extreme poverty, providing equal rights to economic resources and securing basic social services such as education and health.

IN LEBANON

In Lebanon, hard work is being done to help the poorest and the most vulnerable in the country to lift them out of poverty through targeted initiatives. Despite these efforts, many remain below the poverty line and risk being left behind.

Did you know that…?

• 27% of Lebanese are considered poor, spending less than $270 per month.
• In 2015, 70% of Syrian refugees in Lebanon spent less than $120 a month, 65% of Palestine refugees in Lebanon spent less than $210 a month and 90% of Palestine refugees from Syria spent less than $80 a month.

People are Lebanon’s most important resource, and reduced poverty can help ensure that the country benefits as much as possible from its human capital. Through targeted support for the poorest and renewed efforts to increase economic growth, Lebanon can lift many of its most vulnerable out of poverty.

ZERO HUNGER

End hunger and ensure that everyone, in particular the poor, has access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food.

IN LEBANON

In Lebanon, sufficient and good food is available, but it is not always accessible to everyone. Therefore, there are a number of people who struggle to make ends meet, tend to consume food products that have nutritional value.

Did you know that…?

• 16.5% of children under 5 years old in Lebanon are stunted, meaning they are not developing properly due to malnutrition.
• About 11% of Lebanese, 93% of Syrian refugees, 62% of Palestine refugees in Lebanon, and 94% of Palestine refugees from Syria cannot meet their basic food needs.

By addressing the issues related to hunger and nutrition, including food security, poverty, health and agricultural production, Lebanon can secure everyone’s right to safe, sufficient and nutritious food.

GENDER EQUALITY

Achieving equality between men and women by eliminating discrimination and violence against women and girls, empowering women to rise to their potential, and achieving equality between women and men in all spheres of life.

IN LEBANON

In spite of solid achievements with regard to equality and empowerment, women in Lebanon do not benefit from equal rights, and still face inequality in society, politics, legal affairs and the labour market. Lebanon does not yet enjoy full and unconditional equality between men and women.

Did you know that…?

• In the 2016 municipal elections about 100 more women were elected than in the 2010 municipal elections, while women still only represent 5.5% of the municipal council seats.
• Only 23.5% of women are part of the labour market, whereas the proportion of men is 70.3%.
• Only 3 percent of national parliamentary seats are held by women.

All Lebanese– women, men, boys and girls– can benefit from gender equality. Addressing discriminatory laws and changing norms and perceptions concern and affect everyone, though in different ways. By also having men and boys as partners in this pursuit for gender equality, Lebanon can thrive socially, politically, culturally and economically.

CLEAN WATER & SANITATION

Giving all people equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation through improved management of services.

IN LEBANON

Major advances have been made and the majority of people in Lebanon have improved access to water supply, however, the population experiences frequent water shortages and, in many places, the water is not safe to drink. While Lebanon has relatively well established water and wastewater networks, only a small portion of the water and wastewater is treated and managed safely.

Did you know that…?

• Up to 70% of natural water sources in Lebanon are bacterially contaminated.
• In 2012 Lebanon extracted 0.7 billion cubic metres of groundwater, but the groundwater is only replenished with 0.5 billion cubic metres each year.

Investment in improved water infrastructure and promotion of safe water management from source to household can help ensure that people in Lebanon will have safe and sustainable drinking water supply in the future.

LIFE ON LAND

Conserving and protecting freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, forests and biodiversity from deforestation, desertification and non-native species.

IN LEBANON

Lebanon, with a unique biodiversity, has an identity that is deeply linked to the cedar tree — and yet its forests are at grave risk of dissappearing. Development after the civil war has come at a cost to the natural ecosystems mainly due to unsustainable urban growth.

Did you know that…?

• Lebanon has a very high biodiversity with 0.25 different species per square kilometre—more than in Brazil.
• Growing urbanization is estimated to consume about 5 square kilometres of natural areas every year in Lebanon.

By protecting, restoring and promoting terrestrial ecosystems through urban planning and public awareness, Lebanon can take advantage of its rich and diverse ecosystems and habitats.

PEACE, JUSTICE & STRONG INSTITUTIONS

Reducing all forms of violence, promoting responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making processes, developing effective and accountable institutions and ensuring access to justice for all.

IN LEBANON

Lebanon has a unique political system constructed to safeguard peace and justice. However, parliamentary elections have been postponed twice since the last election in 2009. Many Lebanese are losing faith in the ability of government to provide services, ensure accountability and justice to the population, and worry about risks of violence and radicalization.

Did you know that…?

• The municipal elections in 2016 were completed with only half as many complaints from voters as in 2010.
• In 2015 Lebanon ranked 123rd out of 168 countries and territories on the corruption perception index, placing Lebanon among the bottom 30%.

Lebanon deserves peace, stability, justice and well-functioning and transparent institutions which can ensure a better present and future for the people they serve. This will enable Lebanon to fulfil its potential and remain a model of coexistence.

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