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Baghdad, 15 November 2017 - On Wednesday 15 November, 2017 in Erbil SRSG Ján Kubiš delivered a letter of the Secretary-General A. Guterres dated 10 November 2017 to H.E Prime Minister N. Barzani who was accompanied by H.E Deputy Prime Minister Q. Talabani. The same day he delivered a copy of this letter to H.E Prime Minister H. Abadi, for information. In the letter that the Secretary-General sent in response to a communication from Prime Minister Barzani of 7 November 2017, the Secretary-General among others stated:

Sulaymaniyah – On Monday, 13 November an IOM Iraq Mobile Medical Team arrived in Kani Bardina village, Warmawa district, to provide medical assistance to families, following an earthquake of 7.3 on the Richter scale the previous evening, which struck 32 kilometres from the city of Halabja in the governorate of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq.

Baghdad, 6 November 2017 – During the visit of Dr. Aisa Kacyra Kirabo the UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme to Iraq, the Ministry of Planning signed with UN-Habitat a letter of intent to launch a data platform for recovery, reconstruction and resilience projects.

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life and damage following the earthquake that struck the border region of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq on Sunday evening.

Baghdad, 6 November 2017 – The Council of Ministers of Iraq endorsed the updated housing policy and its working plan matrix and requested from the concerned ministries and entities to undertake the needed arrangement for implementation -each according to its respective mandate- to provide decent housing to Iraqi citizens. The new housing policy was developed through the technical support of UN-Habitat to the Ministry of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public Works (MoCHMPW) and other concerned Ministries.

Baghdad, 09 November 2017 – In response to the public reaction to the draft law amending the Personal Status Law Number 188 of 1959, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) believes that inclusive and wide consultations over these amendments are necessary to ensure women’s rights are fully respected and protected.

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of US$1.5 million from the Republic of Korea that will provide food assistance for some 30,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for two months.

Baghdad, November 8, 2017- The newly released Doing Business Report 2018 titled Reforming to Create Jobs finds that Iraq has implemented in 2016/17 substantive changes in the local regulatory framework in two main areas: Starting a Business and Getting credit.

WHO continues to benefit from its sustained relationship with the European Commission to ensure that the most vulnerable people in Iraq have access to health care services

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Embassy of Japan in Iraq organized a joint press conference to mark the inauguration of the returnees’ shelter site in Al Karama, Ramadi, and to acknowledge the significant contributions that the Government of Japan has provided to UN-Habitat Iraq to support recovery and reconstruction projects in Iraq.

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