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Building Beirut Back Better: How the private sector can support response and recovery
The 4 August Port explosions in Beirut came as Lebanon faces a multi-faceted crisis. In recent months, increased COVID-19 transmissions, economic contraction, poverty and rising prices have compounded needs among Lebanese and non-Lebanese communities. The Beirut Port explosions created significant immediate humanitarian needs and severe long-term consequences.
In response to the explosions, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations Global Compact and the Connecting Business initiative (CBi) released the UN-Business Guide for the private sector to support the response and recovery efforts. As the city and country move to rethink, rebuild and reconnect its communities, the UN Global Compact’s Local Network in Lebanon, plays a critical role in supporting systematic efforts to foster this change.
While the primary responsibility rests with governments and the humanitarian-development community, the private sector can add significant value in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters. Recognizing the importance of multilateral solidarity and building back better, private sector contributions should ensure they do no harm, respect the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and support the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
This session will explore how the private sector can support the Government, UN system, civil society and others in responding to and recovering from the multi-faceted crisis in Lebanon. It will help participants understand the role of public-private partnerships and principled business operations in strengthening national capabilities. The conversation will also highlight solutions to build resilient communities and businesses while respecting the Ten Principles and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.
This session is part of the UN Global Compact’s Uniting Business Live events series organized to mark the opening of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.