Lebanon, UN announce plan to cope with fallout from Syria conflict
UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, left, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, center, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ross Mountain, right, attend during a ceremony announcing the launch of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (AP / Bilal Hussein)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, December 15, 2014 11:59AM EST
Last Updated Monday, December 15, 2014 2:26PM EST
BEIRUT -- Lebanon and the U.N. have launched a plan that calls for an estimated $2.1 billion to help the country cope with the fallout from the conflict in neighbouring Syria.
Lebanon has taken in more than 1.2 million Syrian refugees since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. That influx has put a severe strain on Lebanon's infrastructure, economy and government services such as health and education.
The Crisis Response Plan for Lebanon announced Monday outlines the priorities of the government and international community over the next two years.
It aims to deliver humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees while also expanding plans to invest in services and institutions in the most affected areas. It hopes to reach some 2.9 million people, half of them Lebanese.