Thursday, 03 August 2017 11:08

UNDP and UNICEF to promote emergency preparedness amongst children in Iraq

Baghdad, 03 August 2017 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are joining efforts to conduct child-centric advocacy and promote school-based preparedness along the Tigris River flood path in Iraq. The two sister agencies signed a partnership agreement in this regard in Baghdad.

UNDP Country Director for Iraq, Mr. Mounir Tabet, said: “We are pleased to work closely with UNICEF to maximize emergency preparedness in Iraq where needed most. Awareness amongst children is key to their safety and helps to build resilience of their communities in the long run.”

UNICEF Representative in Iraq, Mr. Peter Hawkins, said: “Investing in child-centered disaster risk reduction can save lives. Together with UNDP, we will work to involve children in finding solutions and making decisions that will help them shape their own security and therefore, their future.”

In the coming weeks, UNDP and UNICEF will launch an advocacy campaign engaging selected school authorities in the preparation of a local evacuation plan. Furthermore, they will make arrangements for a number of schools to serve as temporary evacuation centres in consultation with respective authorities.

With funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNDP has been supporting the Government of Iraq in emergency preparedness related to Mosul Dam. UNDP is also working closely with the National Operation Centre of the Office of the Prime Minister, Civil Defense, and Ministries of Water Resources and Health and Environment, in addition to respective Governorates, in order to build capacities and systems to promote national preparedness and community risk awareness.

For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Nidaa Hilal, Communications Specialist
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mob: +964 780 447 3336

Ms. Laila Ali, Communications Specialist
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mob: +964 780 925 8542


### ### ###

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:

Additional Info

  • Agency: UNDP, UNICEF
Last modified on Thursday, 03 August 2017 11:15

Home   |  UN Agencies in Iraq   |  UNAMI   |  Procurement   |  Job Opportunities   |  Contact us

Copyright © 2020 United Nations Iraq. All Rights Reserved.