UN releases the Libya Humanitarian Response Plan for 2018

The humanitarian community has kept protection of civilians at the core of the HRP in 2018 The humanitarian community has kept protection of civilians at the core of the HRP in 2018 © Sassi Harib / UNFPA

19 February 2018
The UN Support Mission in Libya launched a humanitarian response plan worth US$ 313 million to help 1 million people in the African country

On 25 January 2018, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Ms. Maria Riberio, launched the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2018. Currently, Libya continues to suffer from the impact of a protracted political crisis, frequently leading to outbreaks of violence, displacement and deteriorating living conditions for its people. Availability and affordability of food, fuel, water and sanitation, electricity and medical supplies have decreased, and the provision of health care and public services continues to decline, thus worsening the humanitarian situation over the past year. In addition, there are serious protection concerns linked to the existing conflict and insecurity, further complicated by the desperate situation of many migrants and people in need of international protection.

Within this background, the 2018 Libya HRP aims to respond to the most basic needs of 940,000 people out of an estimated 1.1 million in need of life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection across the country.  These include internally displaced people (IDP), returnees, the most vulnerable non-displaced Libyans, migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers.

More precisely, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) has identified three core strategic objectives: protect people's rights, in accordance with international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL); support inclusive, safe and dignified access to basic services for vulnerable households and communities (e.g. supporting access to formal and non-formal education); strengthen the humanitarian response by increasing accountability and capacity. Moreover, the humanitarian response strategy is supported by its aim to provide a multi-dimensional approach and anchored around three main axes: rapid response for emergency and life-savings assistance (in the first three months), multi-sectoral assistance targeting the most vulnerable people and households (beyond the first three months), and restoring basic functionality of essential services and livelihoods (throughout the year).

The plan's content is based on broad consultations, improved evidence and analysis of assessments developed in close collaboration with the Libyan authorities and stakeholders. This year's plan is estimated at US$ 313 million. The UN ensures that the humanitarian community will work with stabilisation and development actors to ensure longer term solutions are identified and to establish a sustainable process of recovery that will reduce humanitarian needs over time.


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