Press Releases & Statements

Baghdad, 11 May 2010- The United Nations (UN) and Iraq signed today the first United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Iraq for the period 2011-2014, marking a new strategic partnership between the funds, programmes and agencies of the UN and the Government of Iraq. The UNDAF has been developed by the United Nations Country Team in partnership with the Government of Iraq and other national partners.

Erbil, 27 April 2010 – The first meeting of the Ninewa Detainee Committee was held on 25 April, under the auspices of the United Nations, to discuss possible ways forward regarding the issue of detainees and prisoners from Ninewa in Kurdistan Regional Government facilities.

Baghdad, 5 April 2010—Under the auspices of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ad Melkert chaired a meeting to discuss the situation in Ninewa including possible approaches to end the current boycott of the Provincial Council by the Ninewa Fraternal List. The meeting was held in Baghdad and was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Rafae Essawi, KRG Minister of Interior Kareem Sinjari, Ninewa Governor Atheel Nujaifi, Member of Parliament-elect Ajeel al Yawar, Head of KDP in Ninewa Khosro Goran, Head of the PUK in Ninewa Harem Agha.

Baghdad, 5 April 2010 — The Special Representative of the United Nations-Secretary General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert strongly condemned the series of bombing that struck Baghdad yesterday killing dozens of innocent civilians and injuring many more. Mr. Melkert described the bombings as, “A senseless crime that targeted civilians and diplomats in Baghdad.” Amongst those killed was an Iraqi United Nations staff member, working for the World Health Organization along with her 20 year old son.

Baghdad, 26 March 2010: Tonight we celebrate an historic achievement by the people of Iraq.
As the count for the national elections held between 4th and 7th March has been completed by IHEC there is now a solid basis for ratification by the Supreme Court.

Baghdad, 8 March 2010 - On International Women’s Day, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert, congratulated women in Iraq for participating in great numbers in the Council of Representatives’ election held on 7 March. One thousand eight hundred and thirteen female candidates representing 12 coalitions and their respective 165 political entities ran for 82 women’s seats.  “The United Nations keeps women’s empowerment high on its assistance agenda as a cornerstone for development,” the SRSG said, adding that the UN will continue to coordinate with the Government of Iraq and civil society to enhance the social, economic and political engagement of women in Iraq.

Baghdad, 8 March 2010-I congratulate the more than 12 million Iraqis who went to the polls, some braving insecurity, to cast their ballots for a better future, marking the historic character of election day.  This turnout was beyond the expectations of many. I commend the IHEC Board of Commissioners and the more than 300,000 Iraqis engaged by IHEC, for their efforts to conduct elections in a well organized and professional fashion.  UNAMI is proud to have supported their work.

Baghdad, 21 February 2010 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert welcomes the signature of an electoral Code of Conduct by representatives of the main political blocs, and encourages all parties and candidates who have not done so to join such initiative to ensure their commitment to the fundamental standards of a free competition and dialogue on the basis of their electoral programs.

Baghdad, 11 February 2010 - On the eve of the start of the campaign for the 2010 Iraqi Council of Representatives election, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ad Melkert, encourages the leaders of all political entities to safeguard the integrity of the democratic process.

Baghdad, 11 February 2010 - The High Level Task Force established to discuss the situation in Kirkuk and other areas held another meeting under UNAMI auspices.  The senior representatives in the Task Force from the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government continue to meet regularly to address the specific needs of the residents in the areas being considered.

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