The Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert’s New Year 2019 Message

Iraq is a beautiful country with an ancient past and rich diversity.
It is also a country which has suffered immensely due to conflict.

With the military defeat of Da'esh, the atmosphere of despair has given way to hope and optimism for the future.
There are tremendous opportunities for Iraq.
Yet the road to well-deserved long-term stability and prosperity will not be easy.
Despite its military defeat, Da’esh continues to pose a security threat.
More than 1.8 million displaced Iraqis are yet to return to their homes in safety and dignity.
Liberated areas are littered with tons of unexploded material and awaiting support.
Iraqis call for the delivery of services, education, jobs and meaningful reforms. And rightly so.
I am certain that through the determination of its people Iraq will overcome the challenges and emerge stronger.
The United Nations has supported Iraq in its most difficult times and will continue to assist.
I am truly honored to be serving the people of Iraq and working closely with the government of Iraq as the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General.
I would like to wish you and your loved ones a very healthy and happy New Year.
Thank you.


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