Press Releases & Statements

Sheikhan, 14 October 2020 - The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq and the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, visited the family of the late Yazidi spiritual leader, Baba Sheikh Khurto Hajji Ismael. She furthermore visited his grave in Bozan, Sheikhan district, to pay her respects.

Baghdad, 14 October 2020 – A Covenant of Honour to encourage more than 1100 families perceived to be affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to return to their places of origin in the Muhalabiya sub-district was signed at today’s Local Peace Conference.

Duhok, Iraq on 14 October 2020: Duhok Governorate in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has led a significant approach to improve health care services in the past nineteen years, coordinated by the health directorate in the governorate and supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its implementing partners and generous donors.

Dohuk, 13 October 2020 – A 20-bed Isolation Ward designed to handle the most severe COVID-19 patients has been officially opened by the Governor of Dohuk in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq.

BAGHDAD – Responding to rising humanitarian needs in southern Iraq, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has expanded its activities in the region to support an additional 33,500 vulnerable people.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, welcomes the additional contribution of 2.2 million dollars from the Defence Threat Reduction Agency, DTRA/USA, to strengthen veterinary services in targeted provinces in Iraq and build capacity in disease recognition, field and laboratory diagnostics, epidemiology, data collection and analysis, reporting and early warning systems for high‐threat animal diseases.

11 October marks the International Day of the Girl Child, a day dedicated to girls’ empowerment, fulfilment of girls’ rights and solving challenges that they face.

Baghdad, Iraq, 10 October 2020: Today, WHO Iraq Country Office joins the rest of the world to mark World Mental Health Day 2020. This year’s theme is “Move for Mental Health: Let’s Invest” to advocate for increased international and domestic financing for mental health and well-being.

Baghdad, 9 October 2020 – Welcoming the agreement between the Federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government on the status of Sinjar district in Ninewa as a “first and important step in the right direction”, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) expressed hope that it would pave the way for a better future.

ROME – The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme (WFP) is a humbling, moving recognition of the work of WFP staff who lay their lives on the line every day to bring food and assistance for close to 100 million hungry children, women and men across the world.

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