Press Releases & Statements

As we mark World Humanitarian Day, UNFPA salutes those who respond to crises around the world. This year, we call attention to the courage and commitment of women humanitarians who assist people amidst conflict, disasters and displacement.

From their communities to their capital cities, young people everywhere are demanding their rights, as affirmed 25 years ago at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. In the decades since, we at UNFPA have accompanied countless young people on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.

Baghdad, Iraq, 10 August 2019 - On the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, extends her best wishes of peace and prosperity to all Iraqis.

BAGHDAD, Iraq, 8 August 2019 – UNFPA Director for the Arab region, Dr. Luay Shabaneh, concluded last week a four-day visit to Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. During the visit, Dr. Shabaneh marked the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), World Population Day and UNFPA 50th anniversary with the Iraqi people and Government.

Erbil — The ISIL conflict displaced 6 million people in Iraq, disrupted the national economy and limited employment opportunities for citizens. Sixty per cent of jobs in Iraq are in the private sector, within Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs); very large numbers of those businesses experienced loss as a result of the conflict and need support to rebuild.

Sinjar, Iraq, 3 August 2019 - The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) handed over more than 200 occupancy certificates to Yazidi returnees to Sinjar, a move aimed at facilitating the return of the displaced community.

Sinjar, Iraq, 4 August 2019 – Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, visited Sinjar on the fifth anniversary of the gross atrocities committed by Da’esh against Iraq’s Yazidi community. During the visit, she saluted the survivors’ bravery, highlighted the continuing plight of the Yazidis and reiterated her call for urgent action to ensure stable governance and security arrangements.

Five years ago today, on 3 August 2014, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - also known as Da’esh - launched an attack on the Sinjar region in Iraq’s northern Nineveh Governorate. Sinjar was home to the majority of the world’s Yazidis, a distinct religious group whose beliefs and practice span thousands of years.

2 August 2019 Baghdad – Across Iraq, the instability and insecurity caused by years of conflict have left an environment where trafficking in persons (TIP) is a constant and real threat. It occurs in peacetime and is exacerbated during conflict and post-crises. Approximately 1.6 million people in Iraq are internally displaced. The 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan estimates that 6.7 million people are still in need of humanitarian assistance.

Baghdad, 1 August 2019 – The Ministry of Planning and the United Nations signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the Iraq Reconstruction and Recovery Trust Fund in support of the Government’s Recovery and Development Framework.

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