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May 22, 2012
Screening of “Someone like me…” at the American University of Beirut
The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) and UNRWA cordially invite you to a screening of the documentary "Someone Like Me" on Monday May 22, 2012 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. @ AUB (College Hall, Auditorium B1). The screening will be followed by an open debate
http://www.aub.edu.lb/ifi/news/Documents/ifi_event_posters/20120522ifi_unrwa_screening_someone_like_me.pdf  

May 13, 2012
LFO Mural - UNRWA
Within the scope of the EU-funded project “Dignity for All” – launched in 2010, and as stated in the Mural’s concept description “on 25 March 2012, following a walk in Bourj el Barajneh camp in Beirut, Lebanese students from the American Community School of Beirut and Palestinian students from UNRWA-Galilee School gathered together at the Lebanon Field Office in Bir Hassan, to share their observations about the living conditions in the camp. Their thoughts and insights were collected by the Public Information Office and visually translated into an illustration by a professional illustrator, Fouad Mezher…As of Saturday 28 April 2012, a group of volunteer illustrators started transferring the illustration onto the LFO mural. Given the size of the T-wall (100 x 4 meters), the transfer period will last almost two weeks.
On Sunday 13 May, ACS and Galilee participating students will be joining the illustrators to finalize the drawing.”
View the illustration (in .pdf)
Read UNRWA’s Mural Concept Description (in .pdf) 

May 03, 2012
Screening of the “Someone like me…” documentary
The documentary is part of the "Dignity for All" project, a campaign launched by UNRWA in 2010 with the financial support of the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), which aims at improving the mutual perceptions of the Lebanese and Palestine Refugees Communities. The screening will be held on May 3rd, 2012 at 19:30 at the French Cultural Institute in Beirut.
View the flyer (in .gif) 

May 02, 2012
NDU Job Fair
The office of Public Relations at Notre Dame University extended an open invitation to participate in its Annual Job Fair that will be held, under the patronage of the Minister of Social Affairs Mr. Wael Abu Faour, on Wednesday May 2, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. at NDU Main Campus– Zouk Mosbeh – Exhibition Hall. 

April 27, 2012
Release of UNRWA Community Newsletter (Issue 16)
Read the Arabic version (in .pdf)
Read the English version (in .pdf) 

March 24, 2012
UNRWA unveils "Ten Youth Commitments"
As noted on UNRWA’s portal, the Agency’s Commissioner-General, Mr. Filippo Grandi, announced “ten concrete commitments through which UNRWA will strengthen its support to, and better engage Palestine refugee youth, with a sharper youth focus in the ongoing Agency reforms of its education and health programmes… These commitments also included enhanced vocational training and micro-finance opportunities, fundraising for scholarships, expanding its successful skills programme for young refugees first piloted in Syria, advocacy on rights of special concern to youth…”
Mr. Grandi stressed the importance of listening to refugee youth and responding to their concerns “Work begins tomorrow, the first day of spring. Indeed, this will be UNRWA's year of refugee youth and it will go from spring to spring."
Read Mr. Grandi’s Introductory Note at the Conference 

March 16, 2012
ILO launches a video contest on Decent Work for Youth
The ILO has launched a video contest for young people (from 18-29 years) on how the global jobs crisis is affecting them and their communities. Three winners will be offered an all expenses paid trip to Geneva, Switzerland to present their videos at the ‘Youth Employment Forum' which takes place at the International Labour Organization (ILO) on 23-25 May 2012.The Youth Employment Forum will gather more than one hundred young people who are engaged in promoting decent work for youth. The Forum will provide a platform for young people to share their experiences and views on the current employment situation, as well as to discuss successful initiatives that create more and better jobs for youth.
Videos must be submitted no later than 10 April 2012 at 23.59 GMT. For details on how to participate in the video contest, please consult http://www.ilo.org/employment/areas/youth-employment/WCMS_175238/lang--en/index.htm
Or contact the Youth Employment Programme of the ILO at: youth@ilo.org 

March 13, 2012
UNRWA, LFO launches a socio-economic survey in Nahr el-Bared Camp (NBC)
UNRWA Lebanon Field Office launched on March 13, 2012 a socio-economic survey in NBC (Package 1) and the adjacent areas, Beddawi… The survey will cover 550 families (about 10% of the NBC displaced population) chosen randomly…
It is expected that the survey will, amongst other, “provide a better understanding of the social and economic situation for the displaced persons from NBC... and enable UNRWA to evaluate the services provided by the Employment Center in NBC in order to better meet the needs.” 

March 08, 2012
Ambassador Khoury replies on the work permit of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
The CEP Chair, Ambassador Samir El Khoury, responded to the unjustified positions vis-à-vis the decision signed by former Minister Charbel Nahas "putting in place a mechanism for granting work permits to Palestinian wage-earners officially registered in the rosters of the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities… expressing fears of "Palestinian settlement and militia-like practices."
Read iloubnan.info article (English .pdf)
Read the Daily Star article (English .pdf 

March 05, 2012
Chairman of the Committee for Employmnent of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: "Regulation Mechanism for Granting Work Permits to Registered Palestinian Refugees Does Not Transcend the Law"
Read Full Text of Response (Arabic) 





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