On Monday, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, Najat Rochdi, announced her departure and the start of her new journey as Deputy Special Envoy for Syria.
In a speech, she summarized her journey that started three days after the Beirut Blast, and how it moved her and the people she met.
She thanked the Lebanese people and the international community that supported those who were affected by the horrific incident and called for the help to continue.
Rochdi stated that “the recovery of Lebanon lies in the hands of the Lebanese State and depends heavily on its political will and commitment to implement significant reforms.”
She called for the renewal of the Social Contract that “will help re-establish trust in the political system and public institutions”.
The UN Resident expressed her gratefulness to all those who helped and supported her from the Lebanese government, ambassadors to Lebanon, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
She highlighted the accomplishment of the United Nations in helping the Lebanese people during the economic crisis with the establishment of programs like “the Reform, Recovery, and Reconstruction Framework (3RF), the Emergency Response Plan, and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework.”
Rochdi ended her speech by saying that the UN’s work is not done and she still has hopes for Lebanon.