Baghdad, 12 March 2017 – A handover ceremony was held today to mark the completion of the project aimed at increasing and improving safety for IDPs, refugees, returnees and host communities through installation of solar street lights. The project was funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in cooperation with the Government of Iraq. The installation of 680 solar street lights in different locations in the Salaheddine, Diyala, Kirkuk, and Baghdad governorates will benefit the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and thousands of refugees, returnees, and members of the host communities.
BAGHDAD, 22 February 2017 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$7 million from the Government of Japan, which will be used to provide vital food assistance to thousands of Iraqi families affected by the ongoing crisis in Mosul as well as Syrian refugees living in camps in Iraq.
Baghdad, Iraq 15.02.2017: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the announcement of nearly $17m in extra funding for its work by the Government of Japan. The funding will allow UNHCR to expand the provision of emergency items, shelter and cash assistance to Iraqi families displaced from Mosul conflict and to Syrian refugees.
Baghdad, 19 December 2016 - UNESCO and the European Union (EU) have signed an agreement to support primary and secondary education for IDP and refugee children and youth in Iraq.
Baghdad, Iraq, 2 November 2016 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has this week begun distributing essential winter items to 1.2 million displaced Iraqis, including families recently displaced due to the current Mosul offensive, and to communities across Iraq that are hosting them. A total of 178,000 Syrian refugees will also benefit. The distributions come even though UNHCR’s winter assistance programme, budgeted at $120 m, is just half-funded with a $60 million funding gap.
Baghdad, Iraq, 31 October 2016 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Permanent Committee for Refugees at the Ministry of Interior have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance the protection of refugees and asylum seekers in Iraq. The agreement was signed by Dr Aqeel Mahmoud Al-Khazali, Senior Deputy Minister of Interior, and Bruno Geddo, UNHCR’s Representative in Iraq.
Baghdad, Iraq, 15 October 2016 - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has begun a four-day visit to Iraq, as the country faces a worsening humanitarian situation and as military developments in Mosul could result in one of the largest man-made displacement crises in many years.
Erbil, Iraq, 22 September 2016 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in coordination with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), this week opened its DAFI scholarship enrolment programme in KR-I and started receiving applications.
LONDON/ERBIL, 2 August 2016 – UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor travelled to northern Iraq last week to see how the conflicts sweeping across Iraq and Syria are devastating children’s lives. Tens of thousands of children have been killed, injured, separated from their parents, forced to work, tortured and recruited into fighting.