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The Beirut blast, which occurred on the 4th of August 2020, has caused severe casualties and widespread damage at all levels. The sudden devastation came at a time when the country was already severely overwhelmed with an economic and financial crisis, political and socio-economic challenges and rising rates of unemployment, poverty, and internal conflicts; as well as the risk of COVID-19. In recognition of the spirit of solidarity and inter-cultural exchange that has prevailed in the immediate aftermath of the explosion, especially amongst young women and men volunteers across the country, and given the complexity of the necessary humanitarian interventions, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Offices in Lebanon have jointly launched a call for proposals in response to the massive explosion. This joint call for proposals seeks to further support, mobilize, and empower these youth-led initiatives and efforts for the community’s response and recovery.


With over 100 applications received, 15 proposals have been selected following a rigorous review process of all received applications, a series of interviews conducted with the shortlisted non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and a set of criteria developed by the Inter-Agency Committee (IAC).


In this respect, UNESCO, UNFPA and UNODC organized an online launch event on the 9th of November titled “Result Announcement of UNESCO-UNFPA-UNODC Joint Call for Proposals: Youth-led rehabilitation efforts to support local communities affected by Beirut Blast” to officially announce the final result of the selected proposals. The event also included a presentation of the governance structure of the IAC and the expected outcomes and impact for this joint action among UN agencies in response to the explosion. The launch was attended by Government officials, UN partner agencies, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and NGOs.