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Poverty in Lebanon: UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights presents Lebanon mission findings

12 November 2021 – 11:30 – 12:15 Beirut time

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  • What: On 12 November, 2021, at 11.30 am EEST, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Schutter, will present the preliminary findings of his mission to Lebanon (1 – 12 November). He is scheduled to present the final report of the mission to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2022.

We hereby cordially invite you to join us at the press conference, with an opportunity for one-to-one interviews after the press conference upon request.

  • Where: Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Hotel Ain El Mreisseh, Phoenicia Street, 11-1267, Downtown Beirut

Cedars meeting room -3 Level (COVID-19 compliant)

Google map address: click here

  • How to register and to request an interview:

Journalists are invited to attend in person, please register by November 8 by contacting

Jessy Chahine ( – ~+ 961 70 119 102)

and Isabelle Delforge ( – +32/498522163)

For registration, we will need your name and your media outlet.

The press conference will also be livestreamed on the following Zoom link.

  • Languages EN/AR: simultaneous interpretation in the room and on the livestream.

  • About the visit: From 1 to 12 November, the Special Rapporteur is meeting government officials at the national and local levels and individuals and communities affected by poverty, as well as international organizations, activists, academics, donors, and civil society organizations. At the end of the mission, the UN expert will assess the Lebanese situation of poverty, inequality and social exclusion in the current crisis and submit his recommendations to decision makers.

  • Read the media advisory here.

  • Preliminary schedule available here.

  • About UN Special Rapporteurs: Olivier De Schutter took up his functions as the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights in May 2020. As a Special Rapporteur, he is part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures are independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms established by the Human Rights Council. They report to the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council. Special Rapporteurs work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

  • About the venue

    • Upon entrance to the hotel and for security reasons, all equipment will be scanned and guests will be passing through the metal detector.

    • Parking options:

      • Valet parking at the hotel premises to be charged at LBP 20,000 or USD 2

      • Self-parking in the private parking space 10 m before the hotel main entrance (coming from Ain El Mreisseh road)


For more information and media requests, please contact Jessy Chahine (E-mail:; Phone: 961 70 119 102) and Isabelle Delforge (+32/498522163 or

Follow the Special Rapporteur on and on Twitter at @DeSchutterO and @srpoverty