Press Releases & Statements

Baghdad, 16 April 2011 --The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has been in close contact with the Iraqi Authorities with regard to the events of 7-8 April in Camp Ashraf, Iraq. Following a monitoring visit to the camp on Wednesday, 13 April, UNAMI met with the Iraqi authorities and shared with them the initial findings, confirming the death of 34 people with dozens injured.

Baghdad, 8 April 2011, The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is concerned over reports of recent violent incidents in Ashraf camp resulting in deaths and injuries. UNAMI reiterates that efforts are needed to stop violence and aim at peacefully resolving all issues.

Baghdad, Iraq, 5 April 2011 – To commemorate Global Mine Action Day, the Iraqi Ministry of Environment and the United Nations in Iraq held today a press conference on mine action in Iraq at the UNAMI Headquarters in Baghdad. Representatives of national, regional and international media outlets in Iraq listened and interacted with the Deputy Minister of Environment, Dr Kamal Latif,  the Head of Humanitarian and Development Office at UNAMI, Mr. Daniel Augstburger, and Major General Hadi Athab, Director of Military Engineering at the Ministry of Defence, who briefed them on Iraq’s continued commitment to building awareness on the dangers of landmines and clearing the country from explosive remnants of war, while supporting the victims who have been affected by them.

Baghdad, 29 March, 2011 - A meeting took place on Sunday 27 March in Baghdad, under UNAMI auspices, to explore the idea of setting up a mechanism for consultation that would bring together concerned parties, with the aim of addressing pending and pressing issues related to disputed internal territories.

Baghdad, 14 March, 2011. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have today signed their Country Programme Action Plans for their respective 2011-2014 Programmes of Cooperation with the Government of Iraq. The signings endorse the key results the agencies will deliver over the next four years in support of the Government of Iraq’s development agenda.

Tehran, Baghdad- 8 March 2011 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ad Melkert, visited the Islamic Republic of Iran from 4 to 7 March 2011, upon the invitation of the Iranian government. During his first visit to the country since taking up his post as head of the United Nations Assistance Mission (UNAMI) for Iraq, Mr. Melkert met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ali Akbar Salehi, the Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Ali Larijani, the Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Mr. Ali Bagheri and the Deputy Minister of Interior, Mr. Ali Abdullahi.

Baghdad, 8 March 2011 – On the occasion of the 100th year of celebrating International Women’s Day, hosted jointly by the Government of Iraq, the European Union Integrated Rule of Law Mission in Iraq (EUJUST LEX-Iraq) and the United Nations, all keynote speakers spoke on the importance of educating girls as the corner stone of development in any country, especially in a post conflict county like Iraq.

Baghdad- 2 March 2011- The United Nations in Iraq calls on all Iraqi authorities to fully recognize the importance of participation of all Iraqis in building a democratic, stable and prosperous State in order to consolidate and further strengthen significant progress made in the recent period.

24 February 2011-Satellite TV and an online educational resource are two new tools supporting education in Iraq.  UNESCO, with the support of the European Union and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, announced the formal opening of The Iraqi educational Television (Iraqi Edu at Nile Sat) and The Iraqi Curricula Website ( at a ceremony in Baghdad on Wednesday the 23rd of February, 2011.

Baghdad, 1 February 2011- On behalf of the International Partners Forum (IPF), the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ad Melkert, the UN Resident Coordinator ad interim Mr. Daniel Endres and the Acting Country Manager of the World Bank Mr. Yahia Khairi Said submitted the Iraq Briefing Book to H.E.M Nouri al-Maliki, the Prime Minister of Iraq.

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