On World Humanitarian Day we honour the work of humanitarians who overcome huge challenges to save and improve the lives of millions of people.

25 August 2019

Your Excellences,
Distinguished participants,
Esteemed colleagues,

I am honoured to be speaking at the opening of this Forum for the Advancement of Women. And I am delighted to see Iraqi women and Iraqi institutions and organisations at the centre of this exciting initiative, striving not just for women’s equality and advancement in their own country, but reaching out to their counterparts, colleagues and friends across the region to share experiences, build solidarity and work together towards important goals of inclusivity and equality.

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Baghdad, 19 August 2019

Friends and colleagues,

Sixteen years ago today, the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad was devastated by a massive bomb. Twenty-two of our colleagues were killed and more than 150 were wounded. Among those who lost their lives was the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

New York, 10 July 2019

Excellencies, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you all for joining our briefing today on the humanitarian situation in Iraq.


Speech by Ms. Alice Walpole, Deputy Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is air pollution. All around the world -- from megacities to small villages – people are breathing dirty air.

Baghdad, 4 May 2019 Remarks by Paolo Fontani, Director, UNESCO Iraq Office

Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Excellencies Ministers,
Excellencies Governors,
Distinguished Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps,
Distinguished civil society representatives, Distinguished guests,
UN colleagues,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

A free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights.

10 March 2019, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Chairman and Members of the Board of Commissioners
Officials and Staff of IHEC national, regional and governorate offices
Representatives of IFES
United Nations Colleagues,

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