Press Releases & Statements

“I am deeply shocked and outraged by the calculated brutality and wickedness of the double suicide attacks at Tayaran Square – bombs deliberately detonated to cause wanton killing and injuring of civilians. On behalf of the whole UN family in Iraq, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to those who have lost their loved ones in these attacks. I also wish a rapid recovery to those who have been injured.

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the deadly double suicide bombing targeting civilians at a market in Baghdad today. He expresses his deep condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Iraq, and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

Unemployment remains a persistent challenge in Iraq especially for youth and women. Many internally displaced persons are unemployed, underemployed, informally employed, or out of the labour force. The COVID-19 pandemic has further compounded these employment challenges. In this context, providing jobs and livelihoods remains a high priority in order to promote social cohesion and improve resilience.

Baghdad, Iraq on 18 January 2021: The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Iraqi Ministry of Health on both the Central and Kurdistan Region levels, launched the Iraqi Clinical Handbook- an adaptation of the WHO Clinical Handbook for the health care of women subjected to violence.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir of Iceland as his new Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) welcomes a new partnership and contribution of EUR 100,000 from the Government of France to provide support to internally displaced persons who have recently returned to the rural town of Yathrib, Balad District, Salah al-Din and are currently living in critical situations.

Kirkuk, Iraq – 11 January 2021 - Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, visited Hawija district in Kirkuk governorate.

Sinjar, Iraq, 10 January 2021 – In a spirit of continued solidarity with the residents of Sinjar, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert visited the district today to follow up on the implementation of a recent agreement between Baghdad and Erbil aimed at creating stability, security and better living conditions for its inhabitants.

10 January 2021, Baghdad: The Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Ms. Irena Vojackova Sollarano, expresses sorrow over the death of a humanitarian deminer in Iraq on 7 January 2021.

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a Euro 21 million contribution from the Federal Government of Germany to support vulnerable families across Iraq as well as the digitalisation and reform of the country’s national Public Distribution System (PDS) for food rations.

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