Press Releases & Statements

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 10 April 2019— The global reproductive rights movement that began in the 1960s transformed the lives of hundreds of millions of women, empowering them to govern their own bodies and shape their own futures. But despite the gains made over the past 50 years, since the establishment of UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, the world still has a long way to go before rights and choices are claimed by all, according to the State of World Population 2019, released by UNFPA today.

Baghdad 8 April 2019 – Responding to the needs of the Directorate of Health in Missan following the recent floods that hit the area, WHO, with the generous support of donors, sent a large consignment of emergency kits and medical supplies on 4 April to support the Directorate, 304 kilometers south east of Baghdad.

BAGHDAD, 7 April 2019 – A handover ceremony was held today to mark the completion of the project “Improving the Operational Capacity of Demining Authorities” in Iraq. The project was funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in cooperation with the Government of Iraq.

Baghdad, 7 April 2019 – Today, as the world commemorates World Health Day with the theme, Universal Health Coverage (UHC), WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF recommit to supporting the Government of Iraq ensure that every person in Iraq has access to quality health care services, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of achieving universal health coverage by 2030.

7 April 2019 This World Health Day focuses on universal health coverage and the crucial role primary health care plays in making such coverage a reality.

New York, 4 April 2019 The first step, or the second or the third, could be your last. If you are in Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria or Yemen today, you may not even need to take a step. You could just turn on a light, or open a cupboard, and that could set off an explosion that could bring down your house and your neighbours’ houses.

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) welcomes an additional contribution of USD 5.4 million from the Government of Japan to support reconstruction and peacebuilding in Iraq through the rehabilitation of war-damaged houses and construction of low-cost housing units in key liberated cities.

31st March 2019, Baghdad, Iraq - UNITAD (United Nations Investigative Team for the Promotion of Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL) confirms ongoing forensic and technical support for the teams of the Government of Iraq, announcing the continuation throughout April of exhumations of gravesites located in the village of Kojo, Sinjar Region, Nineveh.

Erbil – Five years after the onset of the ISIL crisis and the subsequent massive internal displacement, IOM Iraq is launching its funding appeal for emergency assistance in the amount of USD 41.4 million.

Basra, 28 March 2019 – The European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) continue to work together to help the people of Iraq in their pursuit of recovery and stability. On 28 March 2019, representatives of federal and local authorities, community leaders, non-governmental organizations, businesses, academia, as well as implementing partners, gathered in the city of Basra, South of Iraq, to launch a new programme.

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