UNDP Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Climate Action Michael Haddad completed the first walk in his Stepping Ahead of COVID walks series, which he planned in several countries in the Arab region and beyond. The series aims to raise awareness and mobilize resources to help mitigate the adverse social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the most vulnerable and advocate for an inclusive and green post-pandemic recovery.
The Beirut Walk for Inclusion comes to mark the launch of a new initiative jointly led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) to support persons with disabilities and reduce their exposure to increasing vulnerabilities due to Lebanon’s manifold crises—a dwindling economy and a persistent outbreak of COVID-19, exacerbated by the recent huge explosion that rocked the Port of Beirut and the whole country.
Haddad startED his 4 Kilometres walk –8000 steps– from the UN House (ESCWA headquarters) in downtown Beirut, where the initiative was launched. He trod through areas in Downtown, Gemayze and Mar Mikhayel that were damaged because of the port explosion. He ended his walk at the Karantina Public Hospital.
Through this walk, a group of YLPers joined Haddad in his walk and had the chance to interact more with Haddad after the webinar he gave for the YLP 6 participants in 2020.