Press Releases & Statements

Tehran, Baghdad- 8 March 2011 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ad Melkert, visited the Islamic Republic of Iran from 4 to 7 March 2011, upon the invitation of the Iranian government. During his first visit to the country since taking up his post as head of the United Nations Assistance Mission (UNAMI) for Iraq, Mr. Melkert met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ali Akbar Salehi, the Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Ali Larijani, the Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Mr. Ali Bagheri and the Deputy Minister of Interior, Mr. Ali Abdullahi.

Baghdad, 8 March 2011 – On the occasion of the 100th year of celebrating International Women’s Day, hosted jointly by the Government of Iraq, the European Union Integrated Rule of Law Mission in Iraq (EUJUST LEX-Iraq) and the United Nations, all keynote speakers spoke on the importance of educating girls as the corner stone of development in any country, especially in a post conflict county like Iraq.

Baghdad- 2 March 2011- The United Nations in Iraq calls on all Iraqi authorities to fully recognize the importance of participation of all Iraqis in building a democratic, stable and prosperous State in order to consolidate and further strengthen significant progress made in the recent period.

24 February 2011-Satellite TV and an online educational resource are two new tools supporting education in Iraq.  UNESCO, with the support of the European Union and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, announced the formal opening of The Iraqi educational Television (Iraqi Edu at Nile Sat) and The Iraqi Curricula Website (www.iraqicurricula.org) at a ceremony in Baghdad on Wednesday the 23rd of February, 2011.

Baghdad, 1 February 2011- On behalf of the International Partners Forum (IPF), the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ad Melkert, the UN Resident Coordinator ad interim Mr. Daniel Endres and the Acting Country Manager of the World Bank Mr. Yahia Khairi Said submitted the Iraq Briefing Book to H.E.M Nouri al-Maliki, the Prime Minister of Iraq.

Baghdad, 20 January 2011- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Iraq (SRSG), Ad Melkert, condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that targeted today Shii\'ite Pilgrims near the Holy city of Karbala and resulted in the killing of dozens of people and injuring many others. He extends his sincere condolences to the bereaved families and his wishes for the full and speedy recovery for the wounded.

Baghdad, 19 January 2011- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Iraq (SRSG), Ad Melkert, strongly condemns the terrorist attack that targeted yesterday police recruits in Tikrit and resulted in the killing of dozens of people and injuring many others.

Baghdad, 10 Dec. 2010 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ad Melkert, and the Minister of Human Rights, Ms. Wijdan Salim, presided over a ceremony today, marking International Human Rights Day at UNAMI Headquarters in Baghdad. Senior government officials, representatives of diplomatic missions, United Nations agencies, the press and civil society organisations were in attendance.

Erbil, 6 December 2010: Iraqi civil society representatives completed this week in Erbil a series of four training sessions in shadow reporting to the UN human rights treaty bodies. Shadow reports, often called ‘alternative reports’, are submitted by civil society organizations that deal with human rights to treaty monitoring bodies at the United Nations and other international institutions in parallel with a government\'s official report regarding the human rights situation in a given country.

Erbil and Baghdad, 25 November 2010 – For the first time, Iraq, in partnership with the United Nations, is participating in the global 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women Campaign which runs from 25 November, globally observed as the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women, through to 10 December, the International Day for Human Rights.

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