The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is air pollution. All around the world -- from megacities to small villages – people are breathing dirty air.

Baghdad, 4 May 2019 Remarks by Paolo Fontani, Director, UNESCO Iraq Office

Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Excellencies Ministers,
Excellencies Governors,
Distinguished Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps,
Distinguished civil society representatives, Distinguished guests,
UN colleagues,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

A free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights.

10 March 2019, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Chairman and Members of the Board of Commissioners
Officials and Staff of IHEC national, regional and governorate offices
Representatives of IFES
United Nations Colleagues,

Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a pleasure to be here and to mark International Women’s Day. A day when women are recognized for their achievements, rallying point for the continuous efforts of many, to build support for women’s rights and for their participation in the political and economic arenas.

9 March 2019


Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am very honoured to join you on this special day, the day of the 16th anniversary of the martyrdom of Ayatollah Muhammed Baqir al-Hakim.

Baghdad, 7 March

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Distinguished Guests,
UN Colleagues,

Ladies and gentlemen,
In the invitation to this forum, it was stated that there are many political and economic issues to be addressed in the aftermath of last year’s federal and Kurdistan regional elections.
Very true indeed. One can certainly not deny that the road to well-deserved sustainable stability in Iraq will be long and far from easy.

24 January 2019 - Today we celebrate the first International Day of Education.

Education transforms lives. As United Nations Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai once said: “one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world”. Nelson Mandela rightly called education “the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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