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In November 2013, Iraq will launch its third National Human Development Report (NHDR) with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This issue of the NHDR will have a special thematic focus on youth. 


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Increased Demand for Assistance as Refugee Numbers Rise.

IOM provides NFI kits and one hundred tents for Syrians in the latest round of distributions.

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As part of its commitment to fostering dialogue and peacebuilding in Iraq, UNAMI recently lent its patronage to the Morgenland Festival, an international musical exchange that brought together Iraqi and German musicians together with performers from Syria, Turkey and other regional neighbours.

19 August 2013 

Deputy Foreign Minister Shakir;

Dr. Hamad, Chief of Staff of His Excellency the Prime Minister of Iraq;

Excellencies of the diplomatic corps;

Government officials;

Special Representative of the Secretary-General ad interim;

UN staff and colleagues;

Ladies and gentlemen;

Good morning.

New York, 19 August 2013  - This sad date is carved in the collective memory of the United Nations family. 

On 23rd July 2013, the Iraqi Council of Ministers approved the designation of the Central Marshes of Iraq as the country’s first National Park. The efforts to declare this unique landscape a park and protected area began in 2006 through a joint effort by Iraq's Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Municipalities with support from Nature Iraq, an Iraqi environmental conservation organization, and other national and international institutions. Financial support for the effort came from the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea.

Iraq’s Commission of Integrity, with the support of the Central Statistics Office and UNDP Iraq launched findings from its study on corruption and integrity in Iraq’s public sector.

In Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Parliament formally ratified the Child Protection Law on 28 July 2013. This important protection law seeks to improve the lifestyle of Kurdish children.  The long awaited ratification of the treaty, which demands protection of children’s rights, came after a long discussion among Kurdish law makers on Sunday. According to the law, this is the duty of government to enhance citizen’s understanding of child rights, and to deal with child labor that the region is facing.

In Dohuk, UNICEF Spanish Committee Ambassador and two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol returned from a visit to Syrian refugees.

UNFPA organized two parallel peer education training sessions in June and July with the participation of 34 young Syrian refugees and four women volunteers who work in the Women’s Social Centre.

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