Press statement: Germany provides 5.86 million dollars for Lebanon Recovery Fund
On 4 December 2013, Ambassador Wittig signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) over a contribution of 5.86 million US dollars to the “Lebanon Recovery Fund” (LRF). The German contribution will help fund quick-impact projects and stabilization measures, particularly in areas most affected by the Syrian refugee crisis.
Upon signing of the agreement, Ambassador Wittig declared:
“The violent crackdown of the Syrian Government on its people and the resulting refugee crisis pose grave challenges to neighboring countries and to Lebanon in particular. Germany remains committed to support the Lebanese Government and people in confronting these challenges. However, our assistance can only alleviate some of the most appalling impacts that the Syrian civil war is having on the entire region. We therefore call on all relevant political stakeholders in Syria to finally embark on a political process by participating in the Geneva peace conference, scheduled for 22 January 2014.”
According to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, there are currently over 800.000 registered refugees in Lebanon, while the total number of refugees is estimated to reach up to 1.5 million people. The LRF helps to address the needs of refugees and host communities, for instance by promoting income-generating activities in the agricultural sector or by improving Lebanon’s strained water and energy infrastructure.
The LRF is a Multi-Donor Trust Fund established at the request of the Government of Lebanon in 2006. It enables donors to pool their resources and rapidly provide funding for recovery and reconstruction projects executed by competent UN organizations. The current German contribution to the fund adds up to Germany’s previous commitments to Lebanon, totaling 108 million US dollars since 2012. Germany has also agreed with the UNHCR and the Lebanese Government, to temporarily resettle 5,000 Syrian refugees.