GENEVA / LEBANON HUMANITARIAN UPDATE

01-Jul-2022 00:02:48
UN aid coordinator Najat Rochdi signaled grave concerns about rising humanitarian needs across Lebanon linked to the global food insecurity crisis, which is affecting “everyone, everywhere.” UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / LEBANON HUMANITARIAN UPDATE
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 30 JUNE 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, UN Geneva flag alley
2. Wide shot, press room, UN Geneva
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Najat Rochdi, Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Resident Coordinator, and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, United Nations:
“The impact of the war in Ukraine on Lebanon is the same as elsewhere, it must be said, the impact of the war in Ukraine on countries is obviously the prices, as you have so well said, of fuel oil, etc. and also an impact on food security, and also an impact on supply. So, Lebanon is not an exception.”
[“L’impact de la guerre en Ukraine sur le Liban est le même qu’ailleurs, il faut le dire, l’impact de la guerre en Ukraine sur les pays, c’est bien évidemment les prix, comme vous l’avez si bien dit, du fioul, et cetera, c’est aussi un impact par rapport à la sécurité alimentaire, c’est aussi un impact par rapport à l’approvisionnement; donc le Liban n’est pas une exception.”]
4. Med shot, TV camera operators
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Najat Rochdi, Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Resident Coordinator, and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, United Nations:
“Lebanon’s crisis is affecting everyone, everywhere across the country, with women bearing the brunt of the profound impact of this multi-layered crisis.”
6. Med shot, journalists, participants typing on laptops
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Najat Rochdi, Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Resident Coordinator, and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, United Nations:
“2.2 million vulnerable Lebanese, 86,000 migrants, and 200,000 Palestine refugees in Lebanon currently require emergency aid; in addition to 1.5 million Syrian refugees that are unable to afford or even access health, food, electricity, water, education, and wastewater management, not to mention lifesaving protection services.”
9. Close up, pen in hand, notes being written on notepad
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Najat Rochdi, Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Resident Coordinator, and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, United Nations:
“Hospitals suffer from an acute shortage in medical supplies and power shortages, at a time when over 40 percent of Lebanon’s doctors and 30 percent of nurses have left the country since the beginning of the economic meltdown.”
11. Close up, microphones in foreground, blurred, Najat Rochdi in focus, side shot
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Najat Rochdi, Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon:
“Alarmingly, gender exploitation and sexual exploitation and abuse are on the rise. We have received widespread reports of women and children feeling unsafe in public spaces, such as streets, markets, or when using public transport.”
13 Close up, hands typing on laptop keyboards
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Najat Rochdi, Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon:
“Through the emergency fuel provision, we have been able to support over 600 health facilities and water pumping stations to ensure the provision of lifesaving services to the most vulnerable populations affected by this ongoing energy crisis and maintain the provision of basic services across Lebanon.”
15. Med shot, participants typing on laptops, podium speakers to rear
16. Close up, TV viewfinder showing Rochdi in frame and to rear
17. Med shot, participant writing on notepad, microphone on desk, TV camera and tripod to rear

STORYLINE:
On Friday (1 Jul), UN aid coordinator Najat Rochdi signaled grave concerns about rising humanitarian needs across Lebanon linked to the global food insecurity crisis, which is affecting “everyone, everywhere.”

Since last year, the number of people in urgent need of support has risen by 46 percent, said the UN Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon and UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, speaking in Geneva.

“Lebanon’s crisis is affecting everyone, everywhere across the country, with women bearing the brunt of the profound impact of this multi-layered crisis…2.2 million vulnerable Lebanese, 86,000 migrants, and 200,000 Palestine refugees in Lebanon currently require emergency aid; in addition to 1.5 million Syrian refugees that are unable to afford or even access health, food, electricity, water, education, and waste-water management, not to mention lifesaving protection services.”
Asked specifically about the fallout on global food and fuel insecurity in already struggling Lebanon from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, Rochdi told journalists that the country was “no exception” after suffering a spike in fuel prices, greater food insecurity, and difficulties importing food.

Even hospitals had been affected, faced with an “acute shortage in medical supplies and power shortages, at a time when over 40 percent of Lebanon’s doctors and 30 percent of nurses have left country, since the beginning of the economic meltdown,” she added.

She noted that unemployment – particularly growing youth unemployment – has forced many of the country’s young jobseekers to leave Lebanon, with almost one-third of the population out of work now, compared with 11.4 percent before COVID-19.

Women are also facing an alarming rise in sexual exploitation, in inverse proportion to the country’s “economic meltdown,” the UN official said, pointing to widespread reports of women and children “feeling unsafe in public spaces, such as streets, markets or when using public transport.”

To help meet these and many other challenges, Rochdi issued a revised humanitarian appeal for $546 million for more than one million Lebanese, refugees, and migrants.

Highlighting how the UN and its partners have taken action to help, she noted that emergency fuel supplies had been distributed to more than 600 health facilities and water pumping stations “to ensure the provision of lifesaving services to the most vulnerable populations affected by this ongoing energy crisis and maintain the provision of basic services across Lebanon.”
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