Kirkuk, 04 May 2010 – With renewed commitment to implement a robust vaccination programme and to provide every mother and child in Iraq with vital vaccinations, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Iraq in collaboration with the Health Directorate in Kirkuk recently held a two-day workshop to kick-start the vaccination programme in the governorate.

Baghdad, 3 May 2010 -- A call for a Freedom of Information Law was supported by a chorus of over 1000 journalists, reporters and bloggers from all over Iraq, in observance of World Press Freedom Day. Attendees included Mr. Mufid Al-Jazairy, former MP and former Chairman of the Media and Culture Commission on the Council of Representatives, Dr. Burhan Al-Shawi, Chief Executive Officer of the Communication and Media Commission, Mr. Muayad Al-Lami, Chairman of the Iraqi Journalist Syndicate, and Major General Qassim Atta, Spokesperson for Baghdad Operational Command.

Friday, 02 April 2010 03:00

Iraq’s IDPs get to Express a Choice

By Randa Jamal
Iraq’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are estimated at approximately 1.5 million. Enduring hardships, lack of opportunities and scarcity of resources, they strive to make ends meet while remaining optimistic about the future. Many of them took part in the Parliamentary Election, held on 7 March 2010. From their lens, some recount the reasons behind casting their ballots.

By Areej Al-Musttaf, UNDP-Iraq
Baghdad -- On March 7, Iraqis will vote for 325 members of the Council of Representatives, the nation’s parliament, from 18 governorate constituencies, the third election conducted since 2003.

At a press conference held at IHEC Media Center on 24 February 2010, IHEC Commissioners and UNAMI’s Chief Electoral Advisor to the IHEC briefed the media on the latest status of election preparations for the Council of Representatives’ Election.

By Sabah Abdulrahman
To assess the success the new UN integrated approach of Local Area Development Plan (LADP) that aims to assist local governmental administrations to overcome their planning deficiency, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Development and Humanitarian Support Mrs. Christine McNab visited the District of ‘Said Sadiq’, 60 km east of Sulaymaniya, on 27 January 2010.

By Randa Jamal
On 16 July 2009, the Diyala Return and Integration Initiative, aimed at establishing the conditions for the return of over 95,000 displaced Iraqis who fled violence inflicted on them in 2006-2007, was launched by the Government of Iraq (GoI) and the United Nations (UN) under Order Number 54 issued by the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office.

By Randa Jamal
On 6 February 2010, the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) for Iraq held a joint press conference with UNAMI, to address both international and national media in Iraq. The objectives of the conference included, among others, announcing the start of the election campaign and laying emphasis on the restrictions during campaigning ahead of the Council of Representatives Election, scheduled for 7 March 2010.

Wednesday, 03 February 2010 03:00

Stage of preparations for the Out-of-Country Voting

Interview with Svetlana Galkina, Public Outreach Adviser, Office of Electoral Assistance
By Sabah Abdul-Rahman
1) Can you please explain what is meant by Out-of-Country Voting? What is the role of UNAMI in this regard?
The Iraq Out-of-Country Voting Program, or Iraq OCV, is a program organized to enable Iraqis residing outside of Iraq to register and vote in the upcoming Council of Representatives’ election.

By Randa Jamal
A security plan is instrumental towards a credible electoral process that would allow citizens of any given country to visit polling stations to vote for their future leaders on Election Day. This notion is particularly significant for Iraq in light of the security situation, its constraints and difficulties the country might face during the period leading up to the election, in general, and on voting day, in particular. Under the banner of Towards a Safe and Credible Election, the Independent High Election Commission (IHEC) held a one day conference at Al-Rasheed Hotel on 23 January 2010. The objectives of the conference to discuss the security plan and the operational procedures were spelled out ahead of time by all the concerned parties.

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