Press Releases & Statements

Al-Nouri Mosque, Mosul, Iraq. Monday 16th December 2018-The Sunni Religious Endowment (Waqf) of Iraq successfully held a symbolic foundation stone ceremony at the iconic Al-Nouri mosque & Al-Hadba minaret complex in West Mosul, the historic heart of the Old City, devastated by insurgency occupation and intense combat over a three-year period. The mosque and its distinctive leaning minaret having represented an iconic landmark across the city scape of both modern and ancient Mosul.

Baghdad, Iraq, 17 December 2018 - Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert assumed her responsibilities today as Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), pledging continued UN support for Iraq in its post-conflict recovery.

Baghdad, 17 December 2018 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq welcomes a contribution of NOK 15M (approximately USD 1.7 M) from the Kingdom of Norway to support explosive hazards management activities in urban liberated areas in Iraq, enabling humanitarian and stabilization efforts.

Erbil 15 December 2018 - The UNESCO office for Iraq, within the context of the project ‘’ Supporting the Digital Center of Eastern Manuscripts in Iraq’’, funded by Hungary, opened a new conservation facility as part of the Centre’s ongoing programme for the digitization and conservation of a rare collection of ancient manuscripts. The ceremony represents the culmination of UNESCO’s engagement with the Centre to provide both essential equipment and materials, in addition to training in conservation and restoration techniques for its staff.

Baghdad, 14 December 2018 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq welcomes an additional contribution of DKK 19.5 million (approximately USD 3 million) from the Government of Denmark to mitigate the threat posed by explosive hazards and enable stabilization efforts in liberated areas of Iraq. The support was announced today by visiting Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Anders Samuelsen.

Baghdad, Iraq, 12 December 2018 – A delegation from the United Nations in Iraq and the European Union Mission to Iraq yesterday toured a number of EU-funded and UN implemented projects in Mosul, seeing first-hand the clearance, stabilization, rehabilitation and development work undertaken in the northern Iraqi city more than a year after its liberation from Da’esh. Illustrating the joint efforts in post-Da’esh Iraq, the EU signed a contract with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) worth 47.5 million euros, another with UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) totaling 10 million euros, and announced 20 million euros in additional support for UNESCO as well as a further 15 million support for FAO, to be signed in January 2019.

Baghdad 11 December 2018 – This week the German Federal Foreign Office bolstered IOM’s Community Policing (CP) programme in Iraq by providing an additional 1.7 million Euros, raising Germany’s total contributions to this important effort to 5.7 million Euros.

Baghdad, December 10, 2018 – In the framework of the financing agreement signed yesterday by the Government of Iraq (GoI) and the European Union (EU) committing €14 million (US$15.8 equivalent) to support the government's efforts to ensure increased and more reliable energy access for the Iraqi population, the EU and the World Bank Group (WBG) have signed today a €12.85 million (US$14.5 equivalent) implementation agreement to provide the needed technical assistance.

Baghdad, 10 December 2018 – The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has contributed an additional EUR 22 million to the UNDP Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas of Iraq liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This brings the Ministry’s contribution to EUR 80.2 million and the total support from the Government of Germany to EUR 209.9 million.

UNICEF racing against time to protect over 151,000 internally displaced children

BAGHDAD, 10 December 2018 - As Nadia Murad, the Yazidi activist and survivor of gender-based violence is honored with the Nobel Prize for Peace, UNICEF is calling attention to the plight of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced children in Iraq whose lives are threatened by freezing temperatures and floods that have affected large parts of the country.

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