Press Releases & Statements

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Embassy of Japan in Iraq organized a joint press conference to mark the inauguration of the returnees’ shelter site in Al Karama, Ramadi, and to acknowledge the significant contributions that the Government of Japan has provided to UN-Habitat Iraq to support recovery and reconstruction projects in Iraq.

Baghdad, 07 November 2017 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) takes note of the statement released by the Federal Court Spokesperson announcing that the High Federal Court in its session on 06 November 2017 issued a ruling clarifying Article 1 of the Constitution and noting that the court concluded that this article and other pertinent Constitutional articles have underlined the unity of Iraq. The Spokesperson also noted that the High Federal Court ruling established that no text in the Constitution allows the secession of any of its components listed in Article 116 of the Constitution under its current rulings.

Baghdad, 5 November 2017 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) welcomes a renewed contribution of EUR 7 million from the Government of Germany for survey and clearance of explosive hazards, including improvised explosive devices and explosive remnants of war, in Iraq. The support will facilitate rehabilitation of infrastructure in areas retaken from ISIL/Da’esh, assist the stabilization process and allow for the safe return of displaced persons to their communities.

West Anbar – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, medical teams are providing assistance to nearly 1,000 primary health care beneficiaries, including displaced persons, returnees and host communities, per week in Anbar Governorate.

Basra, 01 November 2017 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), jointly with UNWOMEN and in coordination with the Implementation and Follow Up National Reconciliation Committee (IFNRC) of the Office of Iraq’s Prime Minister, held a consultative forum with women leaders and members of the Basra, Muthanna, Thi Qar and Missan Provincial Councils in Basra on 01 November 2017 with the focus on strengthening women’s political participation. This is the fourth such meeting within the context of observing the Global Open Day and the 17th Anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325.

GENEVA (2 November 2017) – A UN report concludes that the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh) perpetrated serious and systematic violations that amount to “international crimes” during the nine-month military campaign to liberate Mosul City in Iraq.

This week, UNHCR Iraq began its winter assistance programme to help vulnerable displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees. Altogether, more than 100,000 households will benefit from additional help over the next four months.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Alice Walpole of the United Kingdom as his new Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Washington, October 31, 2017- The World Bank approved today a US$400 million financial assistance package to support the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of priority infrastructure to restore delivery of public services in areas of Iraq newly liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The package represents an additional financing to the Iraq Emergency Operation for Development Project (US$350 million) approved back in July 2015 and already underway in seven cities in Diyala and Salah Ad-Din governorates.

Baghdad, 30 October 2017 - The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) condemns the killing of a journalist in Kirkuk Governorate today. UNAMI also condemns the assault against a journalist on Sunday in Erbil that left him injured, as well as intimidation and violence against members of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Parliament and political offices in the Kurdistan Region.

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