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Deputy Minister of Displacement and Migration,
Deputy Minister of Human Rights,
Government Officials and Members of Parliament,
Colleagues at UN Agencies and UNAMI,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good morning.

It is my great pleasure to be here this morning and to be part of this meeting dedicated to the improvement of the lives of the large number of Iraqis who have been displaced over the course of the past eight years, and sometimes longer. عربي

Mr. President, Members of the Security Council, Ambassador al-Bayati [Permanent Representative of Iraq],
1. It is a great pleasure and an honor to be here today. I would like to thank you for inviting me to introduce the report of the Secretary-General (S/2011/736) on the activities of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, and to brief you on the latest developments in the country.

By Sabah Abdulrahman, UNAMI PIO
On 31 October 2000, the Security Council adopted resolution (S/RES/1325)  on women and peace and security. The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction. It also stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

27 April, Baghdad-Iraq (WHO)- The Government of Iraq is introducing Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b) pentavalent (five-in-one) and Rota vaccines in the routine immunization programme starting from mid of June this year to safeguard children from definite vaccine-preventable diseases.

8 April 2011 (UN News Centre) – Ad Melkert took up his current assignment as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMI) in July 2009. He previously served as the Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. Mr. Melkert’s long-standing involvement in issues of international and development cooperation goes back further, having also served on the Board of Directors of the World Bank and as a Member of Parliament and Minister in the Netherlands.


By Randa Jamal, UNAMI-Public Information Office, Baghdad Office.

Dr. Abdulkarim Abdullal Shalal is the current Deputy Minister of Human Rights for the Government of Iraq.  Since his appointment on 21 August 2007, Dr. Shalal represented Iraq in several meetings held in Geneva, addressing various issues related to human rights. Additionally, he represented his country in meetings of the Arab Summit, sharing his expertise on human rights issues. In recent years, Dr. Shalal acted as the Chairman of the committee which drafted the report on the Optional Protocol of the Convention of the Rights of the Child on Prostitution and sex exploitation. He also supervised the committee which drafted the Iraq specific Universal Periodic Review (UPR), submitted to the Council of Human Rights last year. Recently, he has been appointed to chair the committee that follows up on the recommendations of UPR. Before joining the Ministry, he was practicing diagnostic radiology, which is his specialty.


Baghdad, 31 March 2011 (WFP) – The Iraqi Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) In Iraq signed yesterday, in Baghdad, a Memorandum of Understanding cementing a partnership to strengthen Iraq’s Social Safety Nets.  This partnership comes at a time when the Government of Iraq is reforming its Public Distribution System which currently provides a monthly food ration to all citizens of Iraq.

Baghdad, 29 March 2011 - As the international community moves forward with several rule of law initiatives in Iraq, the Rule of Law International Policy Committee (RIPC) held a meeting today at UNAMI Headquarters in Baghdad with the participation of representatives of 14 countries, the United Nations, the World Bank and EUJUST LEX Iraq, the European Union Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq.

Baghdad, 10 December 2010 (UNICEF). As Iraq marks International Human Rights day today, government officials, community leaders and thousands of children across Iraq’s 18 governorates have concluded nearly three weeks of events celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Building on nationwide events in 2010 where the highest level authorities and children representatives called for the full protection of children’s rights in Iraq, this year’s events focused on a call to establish Child Rights Committees in all 18 Governorates.


7th November, 2010. Baghdad - As a result of UN-HABITAT’s assistance to Iraq’s Ministry of Construction and Housing, a National Housing Policy was prepared which aims to address Iraq’s housing shortage, currently estimated at approximately 2 million units. The pro-poor policy was prepared through a consultative process over 18 months, involving a range of Government and non- Government stakeholders, with the support of national and international experts. The policy shifts the Government of Iraq’s emphasis from being a primary provider of housing to enabling the scaling up of housing delivery through supporting the engagement of private sector and other actors in the sector.

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