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Lalish, Iraq - Despite the tragedy that befell the Yazidi community since the onslaught of the Dae’sh terrorist group in Iraq in 2014, leading to persecution of thousands of Yazidis and mass destruction of Iraqi heritage, culture and infrastructure, the community in Iraq and from the diaspora joyously convened on 18 April 2018 at the grand Yazidi Temple in Lalish, in Northern Iraq, to celebrate Sari Sali (New Year) for the first time with the country freed from the terrorists who have deliberately and systematically singled out Yazidi men for annihilation and women for enslavement.

Triumph over adversity: Yazidis celebrate Sari Sali!

Baghdad, Iraq, 24 April 2018 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, rejects and denounces defamation campaigns notably in social media specifically targeting women candidates in the parliamentary elections, and urges the political parties and all of Iraqi society to stand up against such vulgar acts that only serve to undermine the democratic process.

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Baghdad Flower Festival 2018

Baghdad Flower Festival 2018

Baghdad, Iraq – 23 April 2018 - Showcasing the new spirit of Baghdad, that of peace and security after years of terrorism and violence, the city launched a flower festival at the Iraqi capital’s sprawling Al Zawraa Park, a striking exhibit of flowers and plants festooned in various shapes and colours for the occasion.

23 April 2018: #RevivetheSpiritofMosul, UNESCO flagship initiative

The United Arab Emirates, UNESCO and Iraq today signed a historic agreement whereby the Emirates will provide $50,4 million to contribute to the rebuilding of the cultural heritage of Mosul.

Growth to exceed 3% but reforms needed to achieve region’s full potential and meet demands of large youth population
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2018 – The World Bank Group’s latest Middle East and North Africa Economic Monitor projects regional growth to increase to 3.1% in 2018, up from 2% in 2017. The increase in growth is expected to be broad based, driven by a favorable global economic environment, stability in the oil market at slightly higher prices, and the resumption of post-conflict reconstruction.

Baghdad, 16 April 2018 – On the occasion of the Yezidi new year, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, congratulates all the Yezidis in Iraq and beyond, all the goodwilling Iraqis who share the feelings of celebration with their Yezidi brethren.

Erbil, Iraq, 16 April 2018 – The Government of Canada has announced a four-year contribution of CAD 5 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Iraq to build the capacity of national institutions to implement gender and reproductive health interventions across the country.

Baghdad, Iraq, 15 April 2018 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the cowardly bombing which targeted the motorcade of a Turkmen Front candidate for the parliamentary elections in Kirkuk, which caused a number of casualties.

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