Press Releases & Statements

Baghdad, 19 July 2018 – A meeting of the United Nations Country Team and development partners convened today to present activities under the Iraq Recovery and Resilience Programme (RRP), a bridging strategy to transition UN work from an intense focus on humanitarian and immediate stabilization activities to one more oriented towards recovery, reconstruction and development.

Hardan, Iraq, 17 July 2018 - As millions of Iraqi returnees grapple with post-conflict realities in areas devastated by war, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) has provided more than 600 Yazidi families with non-food items in villages around the town of Sinjar, about 120 km west of Mosul.

Baghdad, 17 July 2018 - Following the demonstrations over the lack of services, job opportunities and to demand improved living conditions, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, urges the government to fully respect and address the people’s legitimate concerns.

Baghdad, Iraq, 17 July 2018 – A lack of funding is threating to close critical health facilities in Iraq, leaving almost one million people without access to basic medicines and health care.

Support for health services in Iraq has drastically declined since the end of the Mosul campaign just over one year ago. Four health partners have already shut down 22 health service delivery points in 2018 due to a shortage of funds, leaving critical gaps in the provision of health care for children, women and men who are still displaced from their homes, and those who have returned to areas with heavily damaged infrastructure.

In total, 38% of health facilities supported by nine health cluster partners are at risk of closure by the end of July, resulting in increased risk of communicable diseases outbreaks and roll back recovery efforts in areas devastated by conflict.

These facilities currently offer health services to more than 900 000 displaced Iraqis and residents of host communities, including the treatment of common diseases, gynecological services, vaccinations for children, nutrition screening and referral of complicated medical cases for advanced treatment.

So far, only US$ 8.4 (12.5%) of the US$ 67.4 million required by health cluster partners for the Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan for 2018 has been funded.

$54 million is urgently required by health partners under the Humanitarian Response Plan to ensure continuation of health services in newly-accessible governorates of Iraq.

Health cluster partners play a crucial role in providing health care for displaced people and host communities in Iraq. Since 2018, health partners have treated more than 1.2 million Iraqis.

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Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, 11 July 2018

Fifty years ago, the world declared that “parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and the spacing of their children,” at the United Nations International Conference on Human Rights in Tehran, on 13 May 1968.

Erbil, 4 July 2018 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Erbil Governorate have launched eight infrastructure projects to improve services that are fundamental to daily life, such as electricity, water, roads, and sewerage, for over 284,000 people across the Governorate of Erbil.

Erbil, Iraq - 05 July 2018: The battle for Mosul ended one year ago this month, but the legacy of conflict continues to overshadow Iraq. The events that unfolded during the years of extremist control and the military campaign to remove them left a dramatic imprint. Despite promising signs of early recovery, the scars left during these years still lie heavily across the country.

Baghdad, 4 July 2018 – As part of its efforts to highlight the significance of women's participation in electoral and political processes, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) launched the #WhyNot (#Shakobeha) campaign in Babil Governorate Tuesday. The event was attended by Dr. Raad Alwan Al-Jubouri, Chair of the Babil Provincial Council, members of the Provincial Council, religious and tribal leaders, civil society, women activists, academics and youth.

Baghdad, Iraq - 03 July 2018: The Haifa Club community centre in Baghdad officially reopened today, following extensive renovation works. The centre has stood at the heart of the local community for almost 50 years, bringing together the Iraqis and Palestinian refugees who share the neighbourhood.

Baghdad, 2 July 2018 - Vulnerable farming families in post-conflict areas in Iraq's Ninewa plains, west of Mosul, will be able to better withstand shocks thanks to a European Union-funded UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) project that aims to increase household income while building, repairing and maintaining local infrastructure and creating communal and public productive assets.

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