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WARSAW-UNIDO, 24 February 2013 – Iraq, similarly to Poland in the nineties, is an economy undergoing economic transformation from state-regulated to private sector-led development. Recognizing this common characteristic, UNIDO organized a study tour of senior Iraqi officials and representatives from the private sector to Poland to review the Polish experience in using industrial zones, technology parks and special economic zones as instruments of economic development and change.

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By Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq
26 February 2013

The heavy rains and flooding this winter, which caused severe damage to infrastructure and forced the displacement of thousands of families, especially in Salaheddine province, were a stark reminder of how destructive and dramatic an impact intensifying and more extreme weather conditions can have on a country’s economy and its citizens’ health and lives.

At a ceremony in the Khanaqeen Primary School in Erbil on 26 February, the Kurdistan Regional Government adopted comprehensive standards to ensure that primary schools across the region become ideal learning environments for children to obtain a high quality education.

As the political crisis and popular discontent continue to be heard across Iraq, a group of women parliamentarians have decided, in an ultimate call for peace, that it is time for them to speak with one voice to denounce the violence. Along with the State Minister for Women’s Affairs and other women leaders, female MPs launched on 5 February 2013 a national initiative, the “Iraqi Women Platform for Lasting Peace”. The project, which received technical support from UNPD and UNAMI, aims to create a mechanism to contribute to sustainable peace and development in Iraq.

By Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq
“Let us never forget that what divides us is minuscule compared with what unites us.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message to mark the “World Interfaith Harmony Week”


All over the world, the vast majority of people of faith live in harmony with their neighbours, whatever their creed, and Iraq is no exception. Dozens of young Iraqis from different neighbourhoods and faiths resolutely demonstrated it last week when they came together to mark the “World Interfaith Harmony Week” (1) in Baghdad. The programme consisted of a series of visits to several holy places, including the shrines of Imam Hanifa Al-Aadham and Imam Khadum, Sayyidat Al-Najat Church and the Temple of the Sabean Mandeans.

On the occasion of World Wetlands Day on 31 January 2013, the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG) in Development and Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Jacqueline Badcock, attended the ‘Iraqi Marshlands Roundtable’ and film screening at the US Embassy in Baghdad as a keynote speaker alongside a group of panellists from the Iraqi Ministry of Environment, USAID, Nature Iraq, and the Center for the Restoration of Iraqi Marshes.

The UNAMI Human Rights Office and the Iraqi NGO Cultural Humanitarian Iraq of Future Organization (CHIFO) organized a workshop on human rights monitoring and advocacy in Najaf city on 4-5 February 2013. Funded by UNAMI through its Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) programme, the workshop brought together around 30 civil society representatives from Najaf, Kufa and Diwaniya governorate and focused on reviewing the international covenants as well as the national legal framework.

Baghdad, 8 February 2013 – To mark the World Interfaith Harmony Week (1-7 February), United Nations envoy Mr. Martin Kobler and a UN delegation participated in a series of visits to several holy places, including the shrine of Imam Hanifa Al-Aadham, Imam Khadum Shrine, Sayyidat Al-Najat Church and the temple of the Sabean Mandeans.

Casting a vote in the ballot box is among the most important gestures that a citizen of voting age can make in a democratic country. In Iraq, citizens are being called to the polls for the Governorate Council Elections on 20 April 2013.

Since August 2010 the UNFPA Iraq Country Office has been supporting nine staff of the Iraqi Central Statistical Organization (CSO) and Kurdistan Regional Statistical Office (KRSO) to get their Master’s and PhD degrees in Demography and Statistics from the Institute of Statistical Studies and Research (ISSR) of Cairo University in Egypt. The programme they were enrolled in consisted of two to four years of study.

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