UN seeks 313 million USD humanitarian response plan in Libya

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UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Thursday launched a humanitarian response plan in Libya worth 313 million USD to help more than 1 million Libyans.

The plan was revealed during a meeting of international humanitarian agencies in the capital Tripoli.

“Libya continues to suffer from the effects of the protracted political crisis, which leads to violence and displacement, deteriorating living conditions of the people, low availability of food, fuel, water and sanitation, as well as declining health care and social service,” said Maria do Valle Ribeiro, UN humanitarian coordinator in Libya.

“The Humanitarian Response Plan for 2018 is based on extensive consultations, improved evidence and analysis of assessments. The strategy is based on three axes: rapid response to emergency and life-saving assistance, multi-sector assistance targeting vulnerable people and families, restoration of basic functions and access to services,” she said.

Valle Ribeiro noted that this year’s plan aims to provide 313 USD million for response and protection of 1.1 million Libyans in need across the country.

Libyan UN-backed prime minister, Fayez Serraj, announced allocation of 5 million USD to the Stabilization Facility Fund in Libya. He also pledged to facilitate implementation of the plan in Libya.

The Libyan Stabilization Facility Fund, established in 2016, is run by the Libyan Ministry of Planning, in cooperation with the UN Support Mission in Libya.

The Fund, which is supported by donations from Western countries, mainly France and Germany, seeks assistance to vulnerable groups in Libya that suffer lack of services due to military actions and conflicts in the country.