Main Demands of the Lebanese October Uprising

Main Demands Lebanon Protests

Nov 2, 2019 – Researchers at Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) compiled lists of ‘demands’ from 30 of the ‘groups’ that took part in #LebanonProtests & were accessible through newspaper & social media search. Here are the recurring issues & themes.
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Turning Demands into Goals
Main Demands of Lebanon Protests categorised as UN SDGs

Nov 8, 2019 – By RYB
What do we see, if we categorize the Main Demands of the Lebanon Protests inside the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? It clearly shows where demands are lacking.

  • No specific demands made related to SDG 1 (end poverty), SDG 2, SDG 3 and SDG 4
  • Almost no specific demands made for SDG 5 (gender equality and women’s empowerment)
  • Most demands are related to SDG 16 and SDG 17

This is understandable, because it’s the first transitional period leading to change of government. Nevertheless, in a country with so much gender inequality it is important for female activists to be aware about this lack of outspoken demands all around Lebanon for issues related to SDG 5. Also all attention should focus on SDG 1, to end poverty. A universal basic income in Lebanon combined with a tax reform would solve this.


SDG 1 – End poverty in all its forms everywhere


SDG 2 – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture


SDG 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages


SDG 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all


SDG 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Supporting Lebanese women’s right to grant citizenship to their children


SDG 7 – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Electricity sector reform


SDG 8 – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Social and economic justice


SDG 6 – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
SDG 9 – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
SDG 11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
SDG 12 – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Waste management
Improving urban planning


SDG 10 – Reduce inequality within and among countries
Finding solutions to stateless and ‘under review’ individuals in Lebanon
NSSF reform inclusing social security for the elderly


SDG 13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG 14 – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
SDG 15 – Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Preserving the environment
Recuperating public properties (maritime, inland and riverside)


SDG 16 – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Formation of a technocrat or national rescue mini cabinet
Resignation or change of the cabinet
Early parlimentary elections
New electoral law (civil, modern, non-sectarian)
Establishing a civil state
Judiciary’s independence, integrity and impartiality
Rule of law
Recovery of stolen public funds
Holding the corrupt accountable
Independence of the Lebanese University


SDG 17 – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Fair tax and financial procedures
Lifting banking secrecy
Taxes on banks’ profits

Women in Lebanon are marching for their rights

Nov 3, 2019 – Good news, more feminist SDG 5 demands (6 main demands) have been made with the feminist march in Beirut.
> twitter.com/j_zabaneh/status/1191209882529271808

  • equal representation of women in politics
  • a unified personal status law
  • equal nationality rights
  • sexual & reproductive health rights
  • abolishing the kafala system
  • protection from violence Lebanon Protests

Gender justice and the 2030 Agenda

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a commitment to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development world-wide by 2030, ensuring that no one is left behind. The adoption of the 2030 Agenda was a landmark achievement celebrated at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, providing for a shared global vision towards sustainable development for all. Together with this world vision, all the governments of the world adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

As governments have begun to develop and implement their plans and visions for how to achieve these far reaching goals, it has become increasingly clear that development will only be sustainable if its benefits accrue equally to both women and men; and women’s rights will only become a reality if they are part of broader efforts to ensure equitable societies, promoting sustainable development and ensuring that all people can live with respect and dignity.

Although legal status is only one part of equality, without legal equality many of the SDG targets will be unattainable. In many parts of the world, women are still not equal to men before the law.
> Gender justice and the law study Lebanon

Gender Justice SDGs