Press Releases & Statements

8 March 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has erased decades of progress towards gender equality.

The agreement to commence the project “Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on Education through distance learning in Iraq” (about 600,000 USD) was exchanged between Mr. NAKAGAWA Shu, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Iraq, and UNESCO Senior Project Officer, Sae Osawa, on Thursday 4th of March 2021.

Baghdad, Iraq, 2 March 2021- In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization conducted the first WHO Quality Rights initiative training for 8 Ministry of Health officials at Ibn Rushd psychiatric hospital, in Baghdad.

2 March 2021: On 1 March, the Iraqi Council of Representatives adopted the Law on Yazidi Female Survivors. The passage of the law represents a watershed moment in efforts to address the legacy of ISIL crimes against Yazidis and other minority groups, as it officially recognizes acts of genocide against them and establishes a framework for the provision of financial support and other forms of redress to survivors.

Baghdad, 28 February 2021 – Effective recovery from COVID-19 requires Iraq to mainstream environmental sustainability from the outset to minimise the pandemic’s impact, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

With support from the European Union, the programme will use employment-intensive approaches to create decent jobs and upgrade skills and employment services for internally displaced persons, Syrian refugees and host community members, while preserving and rehabilitating cultural heritage sites.

Mosul, Iraq, 24 February 2021: The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with Directorate of Health in Ninewa, distributed 150 wheelchairs to people with disabilities including children below 14 years of age. Assistive technologies such as wheelchairs are essential to improve individuals’ functioning, independence, and well-being, and enable people with disabilities to carry out their daily activities and participate actively in their community.

24 February 2021 Baghdad — The International Organization for Migration (IOM) welcomes Iraq’s decision to express solidarity with the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and the United Nations Network on Migration by joining the Champion countries initiative.

Baghdad, 22 February 2021 - The Iraqi Ministry of Interior and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq today launched an E-Learning Platform for the Iraqi local police to improve opportunities for training, career development, and specialised education.

Baghdad, Iraq, 21 February 2021 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today handed over a shipment of medical supplies and equipment to the Ministry of Health in Iraq, with the aim to support the national preparedness and response efforts to COVID 19 pandemic, amid a flare in numbers of infection and concerns over the emergence of a new variant in the country.

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