UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, delivered on Wednesday evening the following remarks at the international video conference in support of Lebanon:
“Ladies and gentlemen,
Against this grim background, we must assess the levels of incoming support against the continuing needs of the population.
Our efforts should be focused on the most vulnerable.
With the launch of the Reform, Recovery and Reconstruction Framework, prepared jointly by the World Bank, the European Union and United Nations, we have a plan.
Through this Framework – the 3RF – we can, together, help the Lebanese people move beyond the emergency phase and onto the path for longer-term recovery and reconstruction.
We can address the recovery and reconstruction needs of Beirut, particularly of the port, as well as impacted areas and affected communities.
With a sustainable urban planning approach and quick socio-economic recovery action, we can start to revitalise Beirut as the beating heart of Lebanon.
Significantly, the 3RF includes a targeted set of reforms, which are essential to facilitate recovery and reconstruction and to address the root causes of the crisis.
The continued engagement of non-governmental stakeholders is key.
The voices of the people must be heard.
We must mobilize more support for the urgent needs of the families and businesses impacted by the explosion;
for the vulnerable and poor;
and for the marginalized and the underserved.
We must continue, with one voice, to call the leadership of Lebanon to put aside partisan political interests and form a government that adequately protects and responds to the needs of the people.
The United Nations will continue to support Lebanon and its people towards a sustainable and long-term recovery.
I reiterate my appreciation to Lebanon’s many partners, including world leaders, international humanitarian organizations and key multilateral and regional financial institutions, for their partnership in this endeavour."