High-level UN officials completed their four-day mission to Libya and Tunisia today

Tunis – Concluding a four-day mission to Libya and Tunisia, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States, Mr. Mourad Wahba, the Director of the UNDP Crisis Bureau, Ms. Asako Okai, and the United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA), Ms. Ursula Mueller, called on Government, and national and international stakeholders to address people’s urgent need for life-saving assistance and support recovery and stabilization in Libya linking humanitarian and development actions.

“What we witnessed in Tripoli is disheartening,” said Ms Mueller. “Doctors in public hospitals lack the medical supplies they need to treat patients. Tens of thousands of displaced people have been living in overcrowded shelters, sharing public bathrooms and kitchens. Thousands of migrants of various nationalities are kept in unspeakable conditions in congested detention centers. We saw the damage the conflict has caused to the lives of people, but also the resilience they have demonstrated. The United Nations and partners are committed to support the people of Libya wherever they are, despite the insecurity and access constrains that hamper their work.”

Accompanied by the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Ms. Maria do Valle Ribeiro, they travelled together to both countries to reiterate the continuous support of the United Nations towards a peaceful transition in Libya.

“This visit has illustrated the genuine interdependence between security, rule of law, humanitarian and development processes that would ultimately contribute to lasting peace. It is evident that some of our crises response efforts aimed at stabilization, recovery and resilience, and the strengthening of national institutions offer opportunities for generating synergy,” said Ms Okai. “They can complement and enhance life-saving endeavors and prepare for lasting development in the long term. This joint visit was an important opportunity to spread this recognition among stakeholders and put this approach into practice in the best interest of the people of Libya. I look forward to seeing the new way of working progress in Libya”.

During the joint visit, the three Assistant Secretaries-General met with Libyan Prime Minister, H.E. Fayez al-Sarraj, and other high-level Government officials, as well as women rights’ organizations representatives of the humanitarian, development and donor communities both in Libya and in Tunisia.

For more information, or media interviews please contact:

Eve Sabbagh, OCHA Libya, Tunisia: (+216) 23683009; Libya (+218) 91003 0554sabbaghe@un.org

Hilaria Espin, UNDP Libya, Tunisia: (+216) 53733600; Libya: (+218) 0926780642, hilaria.espin@undp.org

Russell Geekie, OCHA HQ, +1 917 331 0393, geekie@un.org

Theodore Murphy, UNDP HQ, +1 718 915 2097, theodore.murphy@undp.org

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