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A girl looks out her window in the neighbourhood of Bir Hassan, southwest of Beirut.
© UNICEF/Lebanon/1992/Toutounji
A girl looks out her window in the neighbourhood of Bir Hassan, southwest of Beirut.

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children. 

UNICEF was created in 1946 after the second World War by the United Nations to provide food, clothing and health care to European children. UNICEF Lebanon was established shortly after, in 1948. The office was the first field operation office outside UNICEF’s headquarters. 
In Lebanon, UNICEF was the only UN agency working during the many years of the civil war, providing key assistance in health, water and sanitation as well as demining in many parts of the devastated country.

One of the key challenges facing the children of Lebanon today is that many years after reconstruction from conflict, they continue to live in the shadow of internal political instability. UNICEF Lebanon is committed to ensuring that all its activities address the impact of this situation on children.

Read a Short history of UNICEF office in Lebanon. 

Since summer 2012, UNICEF Lebanon is responding to the ever increasing influx of refugees from Syria fleeing the war in their own country. 

They are met with harsh conditions particularly in winter. UNICEF is working with partner agencies to provide emergency support including winter clothes and blankets, vital hygiene and medical help including a vaccination program for the children. We’re also working to enroll Syrian children into local schools to make sure they don’t miss out on education and provide psychological support and accelerated Learning programs.

 

Lebanon: Country Facts

 

Basic Indicators

Value

Source

Under-5 mortality rate, 1990

33

UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality estimates 2012

Levels & Trends in Child Mortality Report 2012

 

 

Under-5 mortality rate, 2011

9

Infant mortality rate (under 1), 1990

27

Infant mortality rate (under 1), 2011

8

Neonatal mortality rate, 1990

16

Neonatal mortality rate, 2011

5

Total population (thousands), 2011 (including Palestinians)

4,259

The State of the World’s Children 2013

 

Annual no. of births, 2011

65

Annual number of under-five deaths, 2011

1

GNI per capita (US$), 2011

9110

Life expectancy at birth (years), 2011

73

Total adult literacy rate (%), 2007-2011

90

Primary school net attendance ratio (%), 2009

98

Multi-Indicators Cluster Survey 3 2009 (MICS 3)

Secondary school net attendance ratio (%), 2009

81

6-59 months currently attending early childhood education (%), 2009

62

Gender parity index (GPI) for primary school NAR (ratio)

1

Gender parity index (GPI) for secondary school NAR (ratio)

1.1

Poverty (%) (under 4 USD/day)

28.5

Poverty, Growth and Income Distribution in Lebanon 2008

Poverty (%) (under 2 USD/day)

8.0

 

 
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