UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Launches Debate on Rebuilding Trust
UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka launched this week a series of roundtable discussions with Lebanese stakeholders from different fields and backgrounds on the theme of rebuilding trust between the citizens and the State as the country struggles with a multitude of political and economic crises.
The discussions focused on the role of the State that delivers to its people and promotes a sense of belonging. The Special Coordinator advocated for a Lebanese-led process of dialogue on a new social contract to reinforce national unity and adopt a people-centered approach that is geared towards a more inclusive, effective and just system of governance by undertaking fundamental reforms across institutions. She also noted that restoring confidence through inclusion and empowerment of different segments of society, including women, youth, persons with disabilities and others was key. Other participants highlighted the importance of combating corruption and ensuring the independence of the judiciary as a necessary starting point.
In a separate discussion involving eight media editors in chief, the Special Coordinator underlined the need to restore a system of values and respect for those values, including through education.