Press Releases & Statements

Baghdad, 18 February 2019 - The UNESCO and the Government of Japan signed an agreement in support of the project “Voices of the children of Old Mosul: the rehabilitation and management of primary schools in historic urban context emerging from conflict”. Naofumi Hashimoto, Japan’s Ambassador to Iraq and Rory Robertshaw, Officer in Charge, UNESCO Office for Iraq, signed the document in the presence of Dr. Hamid Ahmad, the deputy Chairman of the Prime Minister of Iraq’s Advisory Commission (PMAC).

Baghdad, 18 February 2019 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq welcomes an additional contribution of AUD 2 million (approximately USD 1.5 million) from the Government of Australia to further enable stabilization and humanitarian efforts through explosive hazards management in liberated areas of Iraq. This brings the current three-year contribution from Australia to a total of AUD 13 million (approximately USD 9 million).

13 February 2019 - Inter-country collaboration between Iraq and Jordan allowed WHO and health authorities in Iraq to rapidly and successfully respond to an increase in cases of acute respiratory infections.

Media assets: “Iraqi children deserve love, not violence”

14 February 2019, Baghdad –Today we celebrate what it means to love and be loved. And no one deserves to be shown that they are loved more than a child. Showing a child love means cherishing them and protecting them from violence.

12 February 2019 Erbil – Five years after the start of the ISIL crisis in Iraq, more than 1.8 million people remain displaced. While most internally displaced persons (IDPs) living outside of camps initially saw their living conditions improve in the years immediate after displacement, now many live in a state of limbo – often working in the informal labour sector, still crowding extended families into small living spaces and relying on funds from family members or government pensions.

Baghdad, 12 February 2019: Winter conditions in Iraq are harsh, especially for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in tents in the mountainous areas of the Kurdistan Region, where temperatures drop below freezing level. Throughout the winter season, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is aiming to reach 154,950 refugee and IDP families in camps and urban areas, to provide them both with in kind and cash support.

Baghdad, 10 February 2019 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) welcomes the contribution of SEK 75 million (approximately USD 8.3 million) from the Government of Sweden on mitigating the threat from explosive hazards in support of enhanced provision, facilitation and enablement of humanitarian and stabilization support.

6th February 2019, Washington D.C., United States – UNITAD Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team Karim A. A. Khan QC addressed the opening session of the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS (ISIL/Da’esh) in Washington D.C.

Najaf, 6 February 2019 – The Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, was received today in Najaf by His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani.

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Hadiya was mutilated at the age of five: “I was so scared that day; my mother took me to a room where I was cut. I bled so much and cried all night long. I still have pains to date, 20 years later”.

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