Press Releases & Statements

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a donation of US$522,500 from the Government of Switzerland to support the food needs of nearly 24,000 refugees and internally displaced people for one month.

Baghdad, 23 May 2020 - Eid-ul-Fitr is traditionally a joyous occasion on which families mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan with public celebrations and outings. This year it will be subdued due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying restrictions which are affecting our lives like never before.

BAGHDAD (23 May 2020) – A United Nations report published today on the abduction of protesters in Iraq since last October details their ordeals from the time of abduction through interrogation to acts of torture.

May 22, 2020, Baghdad: In response to the emerging needs in Iraq due to current COVID-19 pandemic, FAO- Iraq has delivered hygiene, disinfectants sprayers and Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) to the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), and the KRG Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources (MoAWR) in the presence of representatives of both ministries' officials and FAO.

NEW YORK, 21 MAY 2020—Today the United Nations is launching ‘Verified’, an initiative to combat the growing scourge of COVID-19 misinformation by increasing the volume and reach of trusted, accurate information.

Baghdad, 21 May 2020 – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been experiencing varying degrees of fear, concern, anxiety and stress which requires psychological support to enable them to cope better with the challenges they are facing.

Baghdad, Iraq, 21 May 2020 – A recent contribution of USD2.8 million by the European Union has provided immediate relief to 90,000 vulnerable people –half of them children – in emergency camps in Salamiya, Hamam al Alil and Jeda'a 1 and 5 IDP camps within Ninawa governorate.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 21:40

UNSC Press Statement – Iraq

13 May 2020 The members of the Security Council welcomed the formation of a new Government of Iraq led by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

13 May 2020 “Women in Iraq face several additional challenges right now,” says Danielle Bell, Head of UN Human Rights in Iraq. “The restrictive measures adopted to fight COVID-19 in Iraq heighten the risk of domestic violence, whilst at the same time substantially reducing the ability of victims to report abuse and seek effective shelter, support and access to justice.”

BAGHDAD – The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are stepping up their collaboration to help meet the essential needs of vulnerable people in Iraq. WFP has worked with UNHCR and partners to identify an additional 35,000 Syrian refugees and 10,000 people displaced by conflict who will be included in WFP food assistance programmes to help them cope with the impact of COVID-19.

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