On the 14th of October, 2005, the Lebanese Council of Ministers issued ministerial decision no. 41/2005 commissioning Prime Minister Fouad Siniora to form the Lebanese Working Group on Palestinian Refugees, which was later renamed to the Lebanese Palestinian Dialogue Committee. LPDC’s mission is to implement the policies of the Lebanese government towards Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. LPDC plays an important consultative role to the government, bringing expertise from various areas, in coordinating policies across ministries and making recommendations at the policy level. The LPDC is the interlocutor and focal point between the Palestinian refugees, Lebanese State institutions, ministries, Palestinian factions, Lebanese parties, civil society, United Nations partners and international and local stakeholders. It also coordinates work with UNRWA, the PLO, and Lebanese and Palestinian counterparts and civil society to achieve its mission.
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It is important to note that this strategy is not bypassing existing strategies for the Palestinian youth in Lebanon; rather, this strategy builds on these strategies and brings them together under one umbrella, where the vision, efforts, and resources can be aligned, coordinated, and optimized. We have thus met with many stakeholders during the development of the strategy to include their perspectives and their work in the best possible way and to ensure collaboration and joint coordination.
This strategy is different from the existing youth strategies on the following main points:
● LPDC’s unique position as an advisory body in the Lebanese government.
● Inclusion of the Palestinian Higher Council for Youth and Sports and UNRWA in the strategy’s Steering Committee, and hence backing the strategy with the support of the three bodies that officially represent the interests of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
● Ensuring youth participation and representation in the preliminary research, the development of the strategy, the framework of action, and in the continuous feedback mechanisms.
● Ensuring the participation of youth from all political factions, as well as independent youth clubs and networks in the youth Reference Groups.
● The strategy is based on thorough research conducted over more than two years with the Palestinian youth and stakeholders; the focus areas are thus developed on this basis rather than on donor trends.
● This strategy is not an end-product; it is a continuous work in progress based on the needs and input of the youth.
● A main component of this strategy is that it is suggesting a framework of action for its implementation, which avoids the strategy to end up merely on papers.
● The suggested framework of action ensures that all areas of action are being advanced at the same time.
This strategy functions as an overarching umbrella under which different initiatives and investments with and for the Palestinian youth in Lebanon can align and cooperate in ways that can mitigate redundancy in work and thus optimize available resources and increase impact.
The strategy is for all young Palestinians living in Lebanon (regardless of their “legal” situation) to have the opportunities, skills, resources, and support networks that tangibly support them to improve their life conditions, engage in their communities’ development, and influence decisions that affect them and their future.