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Wednesday, 20 October 2010 03:00

UNAMI Celebrates with Iraq the World Statistics Day

20 October 2010-The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) celebrates today with Iraq the first World Statistics Day (WSD), an occasion designated by the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution 64/267. The UN Statistical Commission, during its 41st Session held in February 2010, selected 20 October as the day to celebrate WSD under the theme of ‘Celebrating the Many Achievements of Statistics: Service, Professionalism and Integrity’.

19 October 2010 (UN News Centre) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today vowed that today’s attack on a United Nations convoy in Iraq would not deter the Organization from continuing its efforts to assist the Iraqi people on their path to reconciliation and prosperity.


22 September 2010, Erbil, Iraq – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), in close cooperation with the office of the Governor of Erbil and the Department of Foreign Relations, marked yesterday the annual International Day of Peace in Iraq. UNAMI, represented by Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG), Ms. Christine McNab, held a peace gathering at the Sami Abdul Rahman Park in Erbil in the presence of the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, H.E. Mas’ud Barzani, the Governor of Erbil, Nawzad Hadi, Speaker of the Kurdistan Iraq Parliament, Kamal Kirkuki, Members of Parliament, the Diplomatic Corps, representatives from Civil Society Organisations and United Nations staff.

19 September 2010, Erbil, Iraq – As part of the world wide celebration of the International Day of Peace which falls on 21 September each year, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in close cooperation with the Office of the Governor of Erbil and the High Commission for Erbil Citadel Revitalization (HCECR), raised and illuminated today a fluorescent sign of the 2010 peace day slogan “Peace=Future: The Math is Easy” in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

15 September 2010-Today the world celebrates, for the third time, the International Day of Democracy. It is a moment of reflection on what democracy signifies to each and every one of us and the societies we live in.  While democracy may mean many things to different people and is shaped by different historical experiences, the essence of the democratic ideal remains based on three key features.  First, the recognition that where people and communities live together conflicts of interest occur and should be resolved in a peaceful manner on the basis of the rule of law.

Baghdad, 10 September 2010: On the occasion of the Muslim Eid ul-Fitr that marks the end of the Holy month of Ramadan and on behalf of the United Nations in Iraq, I would like to extend my best wishes to both the people and Government of Iraq.

Baghdad, 19 August 2010Today, August 19th, 2010, we commemorate the World Humanitarian Day. In December 2008, during its 62nd session, the United Nations General Assembly decided to make this date, a day to remember populations affected by natural disasters, epidemics and conflicts, to recognize humanitarian action and the women and men who dedicate their lives to assist these populations often at their own risk.Since 2003, Iraq has been a dangerous and volatile operating environment for relief and humanitarian aid workers. Between 2003 and 2007, it is estimated that 94 aid workers lost their lives and 248 were injured while working in Iraq. This includes 22 UN staff members killed and over-100 injured following the bombing on 19 August 2003 of the former UN Headquarters in Baghdad at the Canal Hotel.

Baghdad, 17 August 2010: The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack on an Iraqi army recruitment centre in Baghdad that claimed the lives of dozens of military recruits and left over a hundred injured.

Baghdad, 12 August 2010 - This year’s commemoration of International Youth Day is a particularly important day for youth around the world as it marks the launch of the International Year of Youth, which was proclaimed by the United General-Assembly in December 2009 under the theme “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”. The choice of the theme reflects the United Nations’ commitment to encouraging dialogue and understanding across generations, cultures and religions as well as its recognition of the need to ensure that the voices of youth around the world are heard for they are the leaders of the future and they must be involved in its shaping.

31 July 2010, Baghdad- The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Ms. Christine McNab, is deeply saddened by the bus crash of 29 July, in which three Iraqi officials and two contractors of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) lost their lives. They were among tens of participants to a UNDP training on democratic governance.  A number of other passengers were injured and they are receiving treatment in Jordan.

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