The Sustainable Development Goals in Libya
The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Libya:
15 September 2023
The United Nations in Libya steps up support to those affected by Storm Daniel
TRIPOLI – 16 September - On 10 September, storm Daniel hit northeastern Libya with 440mm of torrential rains which caused dams to overflow and burst in Wadi Derna and led to flash floods affecting multiple towns and villages and washing away a quarter of the city of Derna. The human toll is significant and is expected to continue rising. The UN’s is coordinating local and international support and has activated the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) which is coordinating humanitarian needs from Benghazi. In parallel, multiple UN agency teams are on the ground conducting needs assessments to collect more accurate data. “Yesterday, a team of 10 UN agencies conducted field visits to Al Marj, Soussa, Shahat and al Bayda towns,” said Deputy Special Representative for the Secretary General and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Georgette Gagnon. “The UN in Libya is continuing to work with Libyan authorities and international partners to ensure that the right aid, gets to the right people, at the right time,” she added. So far food has been distributed to over 700 households through the World Food Programme (WFP) and 28 tons of medical supplies are enroute via charter flight from the World Health Organizations (WHO), which has also donated ambulances and medical kits. The team continues to work to prevent diseases from taking hold and causing a second devastating crisis in the area. The scale of the disaster means that it is difficult to access affected areas, to communicate with survivors and to obtain reliable data about the situation. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that approximately 884,000 people live in the five provinces most directly affected by the storm and flooding. UNICEF estimates that 30,000 children have been negatively impacted. An emergency Flash Appeal has been launched at the government’s request to coordinate humanitarian relief totaling $70 million. In addition, the Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated $10 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) to support people affected by the floods, not only in Derna but across the eastern region.The UN in Libya has also deployed surge staff members to expand its presence in Benghazi to better support the response. “I commend the UN team and partners on the ground for their work in delivering life-saving relief and preventive measures to avert outbreaks of diseases and infection and deliver aid,” said Special Representative of the Secretary General, Abdoulaye Bathily, adding that it was a crisis Libya could not face alone.
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14 September 2023
United Nations Flash Appeal in Response to Storm Daniel
On 10 September, Storm Daniel and subsequent heavy rains caused widespread flooding in eastern Libya, resulting in the deaths of thousands of people and causing significant damage to infrastructure. We express our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives. Our thoughts are with all people affected. The United Nations is mobilizing resources to support those affected and is working with local, national and international partners to get urgently needed humanitarian assistance to people in the affected areas. We have launched our Flash Appeal to respond to floods caused by Storm Daniel and to get urgently needed humanitarian assistance to people in the affected areas. Our estimates of the five (5) provinces in the affected area are that over 884,000 people were directly affected by the storm and flash floods to varying degrees. The worst-affected city is Derna in eastern Libya, where the bursting of upstream dams has led to mud slides, affecting thousands of people, and washing away homes. The UN in Libya stands in solidarity with all people in Libya during this difficult time.
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14 September 2023
Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on Libya
The Secretary-General is profoundly saddened by the severe impact of Storm Daniel and subsequent flooding that hit the eastern parts of Libya. The storm has claimed thousands of lives, with thousands more people missing, homes destroyed and critical infrastructure damaged. The Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the people and authorities of Libya at this difficult time. He conveys his most sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured. The United Nations is working with local, national, and international partners to get urgently needed humanitarian assistance to those in the affected areas.
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17 September 2023
UN in Libya Humanitarian Coordinator Georgette Gagnon Interview on CNN's One World, 14 September 2023
The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, Georgette Gagnon, provides the latest updates on the affects of Storm Daniel in Libya and the UN's current response.
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