Lebanon: Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Lebanon
Though Lebanon has been free of wide-scale violent conflict for two decades, tensions remain between and within its more marginalized communities, particularly Palestinian refugees and their Lebanese hosts. The joint UN programme is aimed at mitigating these tensions and avoiding a relapse into armed conflict by fostering economic development, improving Palestinian self-governance and promoting peace-building in conflict-prone communities.
The programme focuses on creating better institutional dialogue mechanisms, a vibrant civil society and more active youth and women. The specific objectives are:
1) Identifying and promoting sustainable conflict-prevention tools to ease inter- and intra-communal tensions between the Palestinian and Lebanese communities;
2) Closing the socio-economic gaps between these communities by implementing equitable development programmes;
3) Promoting the active participation of youth and women in local level development.
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- Positive dialogue established between Lebanese communities and Palestinian refugee self-governance Popular Committees. Local awareness raised about role of Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee and perception improved of Palestinian refugees.
- Students' tolerance and knowledge of peaceful conflict resolution improved.
- Communications strategy developed with strong focus on communication for social change and development. Media campaign on Palestinian labor rights pending.
*as of June 2012 programme reporting period