Press Releases & Statements

A New Year's Message from the United Nations

Monday, 30 December 2019 12:36

SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert New Year’s Message

The entire UN family sends its best wishes to all Iraqis for the year 2020.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes a new donation of USD 5.6 million from the Kingdom of the Netherlands for 2019 and 2020 to assist internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees, and Syrian refugees in Iraq.

Baghdad, Iraq; 19 December 2019 – “We had to run quickly: they were coming in at us. We could hear them from far. My whole life crumbled that same moment. I froze but I could hear my sister screaming: “move or they will kill you, or worse take you,” said Minar from Qamishli, in Syria, recollecting the moment she and her family had to flee their home in Syria and seek refuge in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Thursday, December 19, 2019 Baghdad — Iraq, compared to neighbouring countries in the Middle East like Jordan and Lebanon, hosts the lowest number of immigrants relevant to the population. However, the country’s foreign population increased 338 per cent between 1990 and 2017, due largely to the influx of refugees from Syria.

Baghdad, Iraq; 18 December 2019 – UNFPA renews its partnership with the European Regional Development and Protection Programme for Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq (RDPP II) with a multi-year grant of a total of DKK 22,056,446, equivalent of US$ 3.36 million to the Fund’s on-going interventions to mitigate and respond to gender-based violence in Iraq.

Baghdad, 18 December 2019 - As the constitutional timeline for the nomination of the Prime Minister-designate expires tomorrow, UNAMI urges political leaders to reach consensus on the nomination of a candidate who meets the expectations and aspirations of the Iraqi people.

18 December 2019 On this World Arabic Language Day, we celebrate a powerful symbol of the identity of more than 400 million people around the world. We also celebrate a brilliant scientific and cultural heritage transmitted and forged in the Arabic language – the language of scholars such as Avicenna or Albucasis, the language of scientific and technological innovation par excellence.

Global Refugee Forum, 16–18 December in Geneva

GENEVA 16 December 2019 – A three-day global gathering aimed at transforming the way the world responds to refugee situations starts tomorrow in Geneva, Switzerland.

Baghdad, 16 December 2019 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq welcomes an additional contribution of EUR 3 million (approximately USD 3.5 million) from The Netherlands to mitigate the threat posed by explosive hazards and enable the return of displaced communities to their areas of origin.

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