Wednesday, 23 December 2020 20:35

End of year message from the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert

We have all been affected, in one way or another, by the global pandemic. Iraq, like the rest of the world, has suffered immensely. Sadly, COVID-19 has compounded Iraq’s already daunting security, political, social and economic challenges.

With the arrival of a new year, and the promise of a vaccine, I very much hope that this immediate health crisis will soon become part of the past, thereby giving space and time to tackle problems and seize opportunities that lie ahead of us. The new year will not be an easy ride, as Iraq will undoubtedly continue to face multiple storms at once, from economic and security challenges to the pressing need for reform. Elections are set for June 2021, giving the Iraqi people the opportunity to have their voices heard as they chart their political future. The credibility of these elections, and the commitment of all stakeholders to them, will prove essential.

This past October, the UN celebrated its 75th anniversary in the service of humanity. Iraq is a founding member of the United Nations: we look forward to continuing our partnership as we work together for a safer, more prosperous and just society.

I wish you and your loved ones happy holidays.

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