UNFPA response to Libya’s protracted crisis is built around the humanitarian-development-peace nexus and entails a progressive shift from a focus on service delivery to institutional capacity building programmes, supporting policies, systems and standards for service provision, including primary health care centers, women safe spaces, non-formal education and youth centres, adopting a community based approach that engages youth and women as part of medium and longer term development for peacebuilding and gender equality.

1st Country Programme Document (CPD) for UNFPA in Libya

In close partnership with Libyan governmental partners and civil society, as well as international partners, as a result of an analytic and consultative process started in the last quarter of 2017, UNFPA Libya Country Office has developed its first-ever Country Programme Document (CPD) for 2019-2020, marking a historic moment for UNFPA in Libya. Focusing on the health and wellbeing of women and youth and on the development of population data and statistics, the CPD outlines UNFPA Libya programme priorities for the next two years and is closely aligned with Libya’s national priorities and the UN Strategic Framework 2019-2020. The CPD contributes to two out of the three outcomes of this framework, namely strengthening Libyan institutions and civil society and improving Libyan institutions capacity to design and implement social policies that focus on quality service delivery. The document has been approved by the Libyan government and will be submitted to UNFPA Executive Board for endorsement in September 2018.

UNFPA Presence in Libya

UNFPA is currently implementing programmes across the East, West and South of Libya, in partnership with several line ministries, municipalities, Libyan civil society organizations, NGOs and UN Agencies.

UNFPA opened its office in Libya in 2012. In 2014, as the security situation deteriorated, UNFPA evacuated its office to Tunisia and started managing operations remotely, with two UNFPA national staff operating inside the country. Despite the evacuation, UNFPA continued to be actively engaged in humanitarian and development activities and in late 2017, with the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNFPA established an office in the UN compound OEA in Tripoli.

Since the lifting of the evacuation status in February 2018, UNFPA has progressively increased its presence in Libya. As of August 2018, UNFPA counts on a total of 20 staff .UNFPA is also currently looking at expanding its geographical presence in the country by opening sub-offices, including in Benghazi (East) and Sabha (South), pending UN security assessment and funding availability.  By January 2019, as part of the new Country Programme Document 2019-2020, UNFPA will increase the number of staff to 32 full-time staff, and appoint a UNFPA Country Representative for Libya in place of the current Head of Office.