Tripoli - Partners
of the United Nations Development Programme’s Stabilization Facility
for Libya (SFL), including Libyan authorities and members of the
international community, met to assess progress thus far and to discuss
continued support to stabilization of conflict affected communities to
improve the lives of people in Libya and provide services where they are
most needed in this particular time of COVID-19 pandemic.
With support of 13 international partners including Canada, Denmark,
the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, the
Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States
of America and the Government of Libya through the Ministry of Planning,
and implemented by UNDP, the SFL works towards a national goal of
strengthening the legitimate and internationally recognized state
authorities and fostering national unity for all Libyans.
SFL projects have renovated damaged public infrastructure, such as
hospitals and schools, and provided essential equipment such as
ambulances and water pumps. Furthermore, the SFL’s local partners have
advised and trained communities and municipal authorities to analyze and
monitor conflict risks and to mediate threats as they arise.
Additionally, the Facility is creating opportunities for peaceful
reconciliation locally through community conflict monitoring and
reduction. Today, 3 million people enjoy better access to social
services and better conditions for peaceful coexistence. With support
from international partners and the Government of Libya, the SFL adapted
its programmes to support Libya address COVID-19 pandemic.
During the meeting, Mr. Gerardo Noto, UNDP Resident Representative in
Libya stated: ''Since its inception, The Stabilization Facility for
Libya emerged as unique multi-donor instrument which serves as a
powerful flagship for demonstrating the political and practical intent
of the international community and Libyan partners. Throughout the
years, it has proven its added value. The commitment, flexibility and
collaborative spirit of all the partners involved have brought about
concrete benefits in the lives of people in the East, West and South of
the country. We must continue efforts to bring this support to more
people across Libya with a focus on most affected and vulnerable”.
Dr. Taher Jehaimi, Minister of Planning, declared: ''This meeting is
taking place at a particular moment when Libya is facing the current
difficult context requires the development of a clear vision of the SFL
in order to ensure a continued implementation of activities and enable
people to return to normal life. We would like to thank the
international community for its continued support and reassure our
commitment to pursue our partnership for the coming period. The
Government of Libya confirms its support to the SFL by providing
additional financial support and will continue to look for venues for
additional funding to the Facility.''
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