Press Releases & Statements

1 July 2020 – Baghdad, Iraq - Dr Rita Columbia, an American national, assumed her responsibilities as UNFPA Representative to Iraq on 1 July 2020. Previously, she served as UNFPA Representative to Moldova and Country Director for Albania.

Urgent, accelerated action needed to stop female genital mutilation, child marriage, and other practices that harm women and girls, according to new UNFPA report

Baghdad, 30 June 2020 –The Government of Finland has committed €2 million (US$2.2 million) to support the Government of Iraq’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq.

Cairo, 28 June 2020 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed more than one million cases of COVID-19 in the 22 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region. As of 11 am today, 1 035 991 cases and 23 731 deaths have been recorded from the Region spanning Morocco to Pakistan.

Baghdad, Iraq, 29 June 2020: The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Iraqi Ministry of Health, today kicked off a major COVID-19 awareness campaign targeting high risk and affected areas in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Baghdad, 24 June 2020 - UN Iraq Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Iraq, Dr. Adham Ismail, visited the Ministry of Health today, where they met with the Minister of Health Dr. Hassan al-Tamimi.

Monday, June 22, 2020 Erbil – Decades of conflict in Iraq have had a devastating effect on the country and led to deeper divisions along sectarian lines.

20 June 2020 – Almost six months into our response to COVID-19, we continue to learn many things about this new disease.

Dr Ibtisam Aziz Ali - The Director-General of the Women Empowerment Department
Iraq has faced many challenges and a wave of sexual violence during the humanitarian crisis caused the war against ISIL in 2014.

Baghdad, 19 June 2020 - Today, the United Nations in Iraq commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

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