Press Releases & Statements

Washington, February 6, 2018 – A US$300 million World Bank project will improve the living conditions of over 1.5 million poor households in Iraq by increasing access to basic services and creating employment opportunities at the community level. Approved today by the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors, the Social Fund for Development will finance community level subprojects in education, health, water, small-scale economic infrastructure, and access to markets.

MOSUL, 6 February, 2018 – As many as 750,000 children in Mosul and surrounding areas are struggling to access basic health services. While violence has subsided, less than 10 percent of health facilities in Ninewah governorate are functioning at full capacity. Those that are operational are stretched to breaking point.

Mosul – After nearly three years under ISIL control – and a nine-month long battle to retake the city – the people of Mosul, including displaced persons returning to their homes, are struggling to access services.

Washington, January 31, 2018 – A US$210 million new World Bank project will improve the quality of drinking water supply and wastewater services to 5 million residents in Baghdad who suffer from water shortages and the outbreak of waterborne diseases due to inadequate infrastructure, rapid population growth, and the inflow of internally displaced people.

Baghdad, 31 January 2018 - The UK Government has donated an additional 1 million GBP (1.3 million USD) to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), increasing the UK total contribution to 14.2 million GBP (20 million USD). The additional funding will boost UNMAS support to stabilization efforts by increasing survey and clearance of critical infrastructure in liberated areas. This is important before rehabilitation can commence and crucial for the safe, dignified and voluntary returns of displaced people.

Some 70,800 people in Yathrib sub-district of Salah al-Din will benefit from a new pedestrian bridge that opened in mid-January. The bridge, built by UNHCR and its partners, is an essential crossing point for the Tigris River, connecting the east and west of Yathrib city.

On 28 January 2018, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) officially handed over total 200 housing units in Ramadi and Fallujah, Anbar Governorate, rehabilitated under the project titled “Promoting Urban Recovery and Resilience in Newly Liberated Areas in Iraq” generously funded by the Government of Japan.

Baghdad, 24 January 2018 – United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča completed a three-day visit to Iraq during which he met Iraqi leaders and other interlocutors in Baghdad and toured liberated Mosul where he met officials and inspected critical UN demining, stabilization and rehabilitation activities. He praised Iraqis for triumphing over Daesh terrorists and urged them to seize the opportunity of peace and press ahead with efforts toward building a prosperous future for their country.

Baghdad, 22 January 2018 - United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča is currently on a three-day visit to Iraq. Mr. Jenča met yesterday, 21 January, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Vice-President Osama al-Nujaifi, Speaker of Parliament Salim al-Jubouri as well as the recently appointed electoral board of commissioners. They discussed how the UN can best contribute to Iraq, particularly on the national and provincial council elections scheduled for 12 May 2018, developments in the relations between the federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq as well as the upcoming international reconstruction conference for Iraq in Kuwait, and Iraq’s reconciliation processes.

Baghdad, Iraq 22 January 2018: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is assisting displaced families across Iraq to acquire essential legal documents they need to access public services and assistance. More than 18,600 vulnerable Iraqis received legal documents and over 23,300 benefited from legal assistance related to documentation with the support of UNHCR and its partners during 2017.

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