Press Releases & Statements

Baghdad, 06 December 2017 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has recently been granted access to the Old City of Mosul to assess, survey and clear explosive hazards including improvised explosive devices and explosive remnants of war to complement the work of the Iraqi Security Forces. This will not only facilitate rehabilitation of infrastructure and assist the stabilization process but also allow for the safe return of displaced families to their homes.

New York, 4 December 2017

The Special Representatives of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SVC), Pramila Patten, and for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba urged Iraq to reconsider the draft amendments to the Personal Status Law that alter fundamentally the legal provisions governing marriage. It is a matter of concern that these draft amendments are silent on the minimum age of consent to marriage and do not apply to all components of Iraqi society.

Baghdad, 05 December 2017 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) welcomes the contribution of 5 million Czech crown (US$232,000) from the Government of the Czech Republic to support the training of Iraqi local police.

Baghdad, 29 November 2017 - during a ceremony hosted by the Iraqi Communications and Media Committee (CMC), H. Exc. Mr. Bruno Aubert, Ambassador of France to Iraq and Mrs. Louise Haxthausen, UNESCO Director and Representative to Iraq, signed the project “Voices of Peace: Promoting Peaceful Coexistence in the Liberated Areas of Iraq through Community media”, in the presence of Dr. Ali Naser, Executive Director of the Communication and Media Commission of Iraq.

Geneva, Switzerland, 27 November 2017 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO) launched a Study Tour for NGOs in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). The study tour focuses on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, including how NGOs can obtain consultative status. Representatives of 17 NGOs and related institutions in Iraq and the KR-I (12 men and 5 women) are benefiting from the study tour.

Baghdad, 1 December 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO), with funds from the Government of Kuwait, has established a post-operative care unit in Al-Salam Hospital, East Mosul to enhance the capacity of Ninewa’s Directorate of Health to provide quality post-operative care for surgical patients during the first 24 to 72 hours.

Erbil, Iraq, 30 November 2017 – The completion of the second phase of the liberation of West Anbar towards end of October 2017 has resulted in need for humanitarian assistance for the current and displaced residents in the areas of Ana, Rua, Qaim & Obaidi. It is estimated that approximately 60,000 people, out of whom 15,000 are women of reproductive age, remain in Qaim, Ana, Rawa, Obeidi and the surrounding villages.

Erbil, Iraq, 30 November 2017 - On Monday 27th of November, the KRG High Council of Women Affairs in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as a main partner, and under the auspices of his H.E Mr. Nechirvan Barzani the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, launched the national Campaign of 16 Days of Activism Combating Violence against Women in Erbil, Kurdistan region in Iraq.

29 November 2017

SRSG Kubiš:

First of all, I am extremely honoured that I was once again received by His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani. It is a great honour for us - the United Nations - and for me personally. And I value, not only the fact that I was received, but also that we had an in-depth discussion about what is on the agenda of the country, of Iraq, and I was listening to the points His Eminence was making on as a guidance for future activities, future steps.

Najaf, Iraq, 29 November 2017 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, was received today by His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani in Najaf.

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