Press Releases & Statements

Violence against women and girls is a global human rights challenge. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed this issue as a global emergency requiring urgent action at all levels, in all spaces and by all people.

Erbil, Iraq, 24 November 2020: The World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Kurdistan Region of Iraq today celebrated the completion of the renovation works at East Erbil Emergency Hospital in Erbil Governorate.

The project will seek to address some of the labour market challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the longer-term decent work priorities of Iraq.

22 November 2020; Baghdad, Iraq - The Minister of Health, Dr Hasan Al-Tamimi, launched today the National Family Planning Strategy (2021-2025), developed with the support of UNFPA and funding from Canada and Sweden and in consultation with many stakeholders, including women and youth to ensure that their rights and needs are well addressed.

Baghdad, 22 November 2020 – German Government’s KfW Development Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Government of Iraq, have today signed a EUR 10 million agreement (US$11.75 million) to support Iraq’s response to COVID-19.

Baghdad, Iraq, 22 November 2020: The World Health Organization (WHO), in coordination with Ninewa Directorate of Health established an Isolation Unit in Hamam Aleel Field Hospital in Ninewa Governorate.

Baghdad, Iraq - 20 November 2020 – As the world marks the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention of the Right of the Child, or CRC, on this World Children’s Day, it has become clear that children and adolescents in Iraq are those most at risk losing out as a result of COVID-19 and its secondary impacts.

UNHCR welcomes the new generous contribution from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration towards UNHCR’s Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention and response activities for internally displaced persons, returnees, and refugees in Iraq.

19 November 2020; Kurdistan Region of Iraq - During disease outbreaks, women face a variety of risks, yet they are too often absent in the design of pandemic responses.

Baghdad, Iraq, 19 November 2020: From 18 to 24 November, Iraq joined the global community in recognizing the importance of handling antimicrobials with care among all human beings and animals, under the theme "united to preserve antimicrobials."

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