Current Affairs in Lebanon: Drinking water crisis and The UN’s program for Women

Protests in Lebanon in 2019–2021 were sparked by a decline in the country's currency, and they led to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his government. As a result, the COVID-19 epidemic led to the closure of more establishments and the termination of more workers.

Security Council and International Support Group for Lebanon maderecommendations to prioritize the country's national interests, avoid political deadlocks, and hurry up government formation.

The UN ambassador noted that time is running out to pursue a $3 billion accord agreed in April, which is trapped in deadlock and banking sector resistance.The Special Coordinator stated political parties should immediately implement fiscal, monetary, and governance changes.

UNICEF's water system collapses.

Meanwhile, the crisis-stricken nation has managed to fend off a catastrophic collapse of its water infrastructure, but its supply systems remain on the verge.

Struggling to keep the taps on cautions that solutions are unlikely as long as the power crisis persists and electrical constraints prevent water pumping.

"A catastrophic collapse of public water supply networks has been avoided, but the issue has not been resolved," said UNICEF Representative in Lebanon, Edouard Beigbeder.

Drying country

UNICEF warned last year that Lebanon's water crisis was approaching a breaking point.

Rising worldwide oil costs have exacerbated the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 epidemic and the Beirut Port explosions in August 2020.

The power problem has made water suppliers unable to offer the minimum acceptable amount of 35 liters per capita per day.Many families rely on trucked-in water and expensive private suppliers that can't guarantee water quality. Still, most rely on bottled water, whose price has climbed three to five times annually.

At-risk children

The water crisis affects hospitals, clinics, and schools. Inadequate supplies threaten babies and young children susceptible to water and sanitation-related infections, one of the leading causes of mortality for children under 5.

Mr. Beigbeder said addressing the problem is crucial for Lebanon's children and families.

Basic rights

UNICEF stated immediate actions must be made to tackle the power situation and that public supply networks require urgent improvements.

As the government attempts to fix the situation, every household, particularly the most disadvantaged, must have access to water.

"Water is a fundamental right, not just a basic necessity." The UN ambassador emphasized that clean, cheap water saves lives and keeps children healthy.

Women's peacebuilding

The UN in Lebanon inaugurated the second part of an assistance program for eight women-led groups on Thursday.

The Women's Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) supports local women's rights groups internationally in conflict prevention, crisis response, and peacebuilding.The UN has always emphasized that peace, security, and development need women's meaningful involvement. This isn't achievable without financing for local peacebuilders.

The UN in Lebanon introduces the second phase of a fund to improve women's peacebuilding engagement.

UN Women

"Despite overwhelming evidence on the relationship between women's engagement and peace, women continue to battle for their voices to be heard," said NajatRochdi, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for UN in Lebanon.

Advancing Peacefulness

The second round of WPHF funding in Lebanon performs a two-fold responsibility by supporting neighborhood peacebuilding projects and reinforcing associations headed by ladies and established in networks throughout the country.

"We owe it to those supporting tranquility on the frontlines to offer them with opportune and available funding that is pertinent to their existence," said Rachel Dore-Weeks, Head of UN Ladies in Lebanon.

Following the overwhelming Beirut Port Blast of 2020, the WPHF opened its most memorable provincial office in Lebanon. The second, which develops the first, will begin in August and continue through December 2023. It will advance orientation equity and harmony through promotion, craftsmanship, and ladies drove harmony spaces, conversations, and understudy club exercises.