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Erbil – World Mental Health Day is recognized every year on 10 October, to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental wellbeing. This year, the focus is on suicide prevention.

10 October 2019 - UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay and Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, the United Arab Emirate’s Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, today agreed to undertake the rehabilitation of the Syriac Catholic Al-Tahera Church and the Latin Al-Saa’a Church in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The agreement is an addition to UNESCO’s Revive the Spirit of Mosul Initiative, marking a major advance for the restoration of cultural and religious diversity to the Iraqi city and an important step for the Christians of the East who are part of Mosul history and future.

We have seen a series of demonstrations across Iraq this week protesting against job scarcity and unequal provision of basic services. Most of the protestors are young and unemployed, demanding that their economic and social rights be respected.

SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert Visit to Kirkuk – 30 September 2019

UN Environment Experts Assist Kirkuk on Remediation of Oil Spills

The Secretary-General is closely following developments in Iraq. He calls for dialogue between the Government and the demonstrators as an immediate step towards de-escalation and reiterates that freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are fundamental rights that must be respected.

Baghdad, 4 October 2019 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, welcomed last night’s address of Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi emphasizing the need for unity, dialogue and action.

Baghdad, 2 October 2019 - In line with UNAMI’s mandate to advise and support, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, met with a number of protesters in Baghdad tonight. The Special Representative reiterated her call for calm and emphasized the importance of a direct dialogue between the people on the streets and Iraq’s leadership.

Baghdad, 2 October 2019 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, expresses grave concern over the violence that accompanied some of the demonstrations in Baghdad and other governorates. She calls for calm and deeply regrets the casualties among both the protesters and security forces.

Baghdad, First of October 2019 – The Ministry of Health and Environment in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, kicked off the first round of the Iraq polio National Immunization Days campaign on Sunday.

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