Press Releases & Statements

Baghdad, March 11, 2021 – The Italian Cooperation and UNOPS launched a new project to support the Government of Iraq in rehabilitating basic services to returnees in Sinjar.

Baghdad, 10 March 2021. Today, the Minister of Planning H.E. Dr. Khalid Batal Najim Abdullah, and the Humanitarian Coordinator Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, released the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) to assist 1.5 million vulnerable people in Iraq.

Baghdad, 8 March 2021 – The United Nations family in Iraq joined the Women’s Empowerment Directorate under the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers in marking International Women’s Day. The virtual event was held under the national theme “Participation of Women as a Guarantee for Peace and Stability”.

All over the world, women lead. They lead peace processes, run businesses, establish hospitals and schools. They are presidents of countries and corporate boards. They head international and grassroots organizations, faith-based groups and sports teams, labour and environmental movements, often while caring for their families and communities.

In celebrating International Women’s Day every year, we recognize that peace, social progress, and the full enjoyment of fundamental rights and freedoms can only be achieved with the active participation, empowerment and equality of women. This year’s theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” highlights the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the pandemic while bringing attention to the gaps that remain.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir of Iceland as his new Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Change up the pace: women at the table
Date: Monday, March 8, 2021

International Women’s Day this year comes at a difficult time for the world and for gender equality, but at a perfect moment to fight for transformative action and to salute women and young people for their relentless drive for gender equality and human rights. Our focus is on women’s leadership and on ramping up representation in all the areas where decisions are made - currently mainly by men - about the issues that affect women’s lives. The universal and catastrophic lack of representation of women’s interests has gone on too long.

Baghdad, March 7, 2021 Under-Secretary-General Alice Wairimu Nderitu and Special Adviser Karim Asad Ahmad Khan Q.C today welcomed the successful completion of the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Iraq and announced the launch of the “Interfaith Dialogue Series”, which is planned to start in May 2021, in a number of cities in Iraq. The Series will commence through a high-level Interfaith Meeting in Baghdad of the leaders of the Chaldean Catholic, Kaka’i, Shia, Sunni and Yazidi faiths.

New York, 04 March 2021
United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Pramila Patten, welcomes the adoption on 1 March 2021 of the Yazidi Survivors’ Law by the Iraqi Council of Representatives. This new law provides for, inter alia, measures of reparation, rehabilitation, and reintegration for victims/survivors from the Yazidi, Turkmen, Christian, and Shabak communities of abductions and other crimes including sexual violence committed by ISIL.

Baghdad, March 5, 2021 – Special Adviser and Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) Karim A. A. Khan QC welcomed the historic visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Iraq, and the message it carries to all communities in Iraq who have severely suffered from the atrocities perpetrated by ISIL.

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