Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:27

Through UN-Habitat’s Technical Support The Council of Ministers Adopts a Draft Law to Address Informal Settlements and Provide Adequate Housing

Baghdad, July 2017, the Council of Ministers of Iraq has approved the new legislation to address sustainable solutions to challenges of informal settlements in Iraq and contribute in resolving the protracted suffering of internally displaced people who were accommodated in the informal areas for long time.

UN-Habitat through financial support from the US Bureau of People, Refugees and Migrants produced the draft law following long and intensive legal and technical urban research and negotiations among the concerned institutions. The new legislation would entail the implementation of a number of context-specific solutions, including physical upgrading, minimal relocations, land readjustment, integrated urban planning and formalization efforts as well as preventing new encroachments and informalities.

In July 2015, the Council of Ministers had endorsed a roadmap for addressing the phenomenon of informal settlements in Iraq, submitted by the Ministry of Planning in collaboration with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), which posts a heavy burden on the Iraqi cities with its growing adverse impacts on all socio-economic, physical and security levels. The roadmap is based on four main pillars notably the technical, financial, legal and institutional.

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme in Iraq has been working with the Ministries of Planning, Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public works and the Governorates on the delineation of all informal settlements including the areas where IDPs are settled within the urban centres to enable the application of the technical urban solutions according to the new legislation.

The national programme for the Rehabilitation and Regularization of Informal Settlements and IDPs Areas is a complementary component to the Government’s major programme on reconstruction and would certainly enable mainstreaming the new urban agenda and contribute to the implementation of the SDGs in the urban context of Iraq.

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Alan Miran
Media and Communications Specialist, UN-Habitat
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