The United Nations system has been active in Libya since the 1950s, through the engaged presence of specialised Agencies, Funds, and Programmes, collectively known as the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), established in 2011. Leveraging the specific expertise of each UN Agency, Fund and Programme, the UN system has a key role in helping Libya overcome development challenges while supporting the country’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The United Nations in Libya engages with national partners and international counterparts to support real transformative progress toward an inclusive political and participatory post-conflict transitional process which engages all Libyans including women, youth and marginalised groups; supports good governance anchored in security and the rule of law, a diversified economy and an inclusive human development process; and delivery of lifesaving humanitarian assistance to people in need of protection and humanitarian support.
In 2022, the UN in Libya shifted its focus of support to the Ministry of Education from emergency response and service delivery to system strengthening, particularly on pedagogy, skills development, including digital skills, and effective coordination. 20,000 children in 16 municipalities also benefited from remedial classes.
With an overall 60% decrease in the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) since the October 2020 ceasefire agreement (standing at 125,000 as of Dec 2022), the UN in Libya supported national partners to design and implement a national strategy on durable solutions for IDPs.
The UN in Libya supported the restoration or maintenance of access to basic services for 60 per cent of the population.
The UN in Libya provided technical support on constitutional, legal, and electoral issues to local and national entities and key stakeholders.
Building on key results in 2019-2022, the UN in Libya developed a new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (2023-2025) with government to support Libya’s path toward sustainable peace and development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The UN in Libya is strengthening national capacity for collecting statistics and data, such as for a national census and first-ever conducting of a Nutrition Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions survey and a Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, for a data-driven approach to achieve sustainable peace and development.