Video: Lebanon’s forgotten crises

The role of the state, political movements and the international community

Mural in Beirut, Lebanon Mural in Beirut, Lebanon Photo © Berghof Foundation

Watch the video of our event that shed light on the manifold crises Lebanon is facing.


The situation in Lebanon has drastically deteriorated in the past few years. The majority of the population lives in poverty, the health care sector is crumbling, and public service provision is lacking. The national currency has lost more than 95 per cent of its value since 2019, people have lost their savings and the country is experiencing a massive exodus of skilled workers. Despite this dramatic humanitarian and economic situation, the country is in the midst of a political stalemate with accusations of corruption and a general sense of impunity rife.

The panel discussion focused on what is needed to help the country overcome the current situation in the short-, medium-, and long-term. We discussed necessary next steps to overcome the crises, who should be involved, and what options are available for moving forward. The event examined the position of the state amid the catastrophic situation in the country, and also looked at the role of emerging political movements and the actions they have undertaken in an attempt to alleviate the impact of the crises on the population. Additionally, the potential role of the international community was touched on.

This event was part of the #IntoFocus campaign which aimed to shed light on the political, economic, and humanitarian crises in Lebanon.

Lebanon’s forgotten crises
The role of the state, political movements and the international community

9 May 2023
17:15 - 18:15 CEST
(ics, ical)

Online event via Zoom.

The event was live-streamed from Beirut and was held in English.

Welcome remarks by Feras Kheirallah, Representative – Beirut office, Berghof Foundation

Keynote speech by Imran Riza, Deputy Special Coordinator in the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon

Panel discussion with:

  • Dr. Ianaya Ezzeddine, Member of the Lebanese Parliament
  • Dr. Josephine Zgheib, Activist and Member of Kfardebian municipal council
  • Wafaa Saab, Board Member, Kulluna Irada

Moderated by Christian Gülisch, Head of Middle East and North Africa Unit, Berghof Foundation


Please note that the event will be recorded using the cloud-based recording tool within the Zoom.us platform (using cloud servers based in the U.S.), to be published on the Berghof Foundation’s website and social media channels for external communications purposes. You can find the Berghof Foundation’s data protection notice here. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Berghof Foundation's Data Protection Officer (data.protection@berghof-foundation.org).


This event site was edited on 2 May 2023 to update the list of speakers.

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