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Thank you, Madam President.

It is a great pleasure to introduce the second report of the Secretary-General pursuant to paragraph 6 of resolution 2001 (2011) on the activities of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), as well as the situation in the country.

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Baghdad, 29 March 2012

Your Excellency Mr. Jalal Talabani, President of Iraq,

Your Excellency Dr. Nabil ElAraby, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
This summit comes at a momentous time for Iraq and the Arab world.
 
I congratulate the people and Government of Iraq for hosting it.

Deputy Minister of Displacement and Migration,
Deputy Minister of Human Rights,
Directors-General,
Government Officials and Members of Parliament,
Colleagues at UN Agencies and UNAMI,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good morning.

It is my great pleasure to be here this morning and to be part of this meeting dedicated to the improvement of the lives of the large number of Iraqis who have been displaced over the course of the past eight years, and sometimes longer. عربي

Mr. President, Members of the Security Council, Ambassador al-Bayati [Permanent Representative of Iraq],
1. It is a great pleasure and an honor to be here today. I would like to thank you for inviting me to introduce the report of the Secretary-General (S/2011/736) on the activities of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, and to brief you on the latest developments in the country.

By Sabah Abdulrahman, UNAMI PIO
On 31 October 2000, the Security Council adopted resolution (S/RES/1325)  on women and peace and security. The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction. It also stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

27 April, Baghdad-Iraq (WHO)- The Government of Iraq is introducing Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b) pentavalent (five-in-one) and Rota vaccines in the routine immunization programme starting from mid of June this year to safeguard children from definite vaccine-preventable diseases.

8 April 2011 (UN News Centre) – Ad Melkert took up his current assignment as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMI) in July 2009. He previously served as the Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. Mr. Melkert’s long-standing involvement in issues of international and development cooperation goes back further, having also served on the Board of Directors of the World Bank and as a Member of Parliament and Minister in the Netherlands.

 

By Randa Jamal, UNAMI-Public Information Office, Baghdad Office.

Dr. Abdulkarim Abdullal Shalal is the current Deputy Minister of Human Rights for the Government of Iraq.  Since his appointment on 21 August 2007, Dr. Shalal represented Iraq in several meetings held in Geneva, addressing various issues related to human rights. Additionally, he represented his country in meetings of the Arab Summit, sharing his expertise on human rights issues. In recent years, Dr. Shalal acted as the Chairman of the committee which drafted the report on the Optional Protocol of the Convention of the Rights of the Child on Prostitution and sex exploitation. He also supervised the committee which drafted the Iraq specific Universal Periodic Review (UPR), submitted to the Council of Human Rights last year. Recently, he has been appointed to chair the committee that follows up on the recommendations of UPR. Before joining the Ministry, he was practicing diagnostic radiology, which is his specialty.

 

Baghdad, 31 March 2011 (WFP) – The Iraqi Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) In Iraq signed yesterday, in Baghdad, a Memorandum of Understanding cementing a partnership to strengthen Iraq’s Social Safety Nets.  This partnership comes at a time when the Government of Iraq is reforming its Public Distribution System which currently provides a monthly food ration to all citizens of Iraq.

Baghdad, 29 March 2011 - As the international community moves forward with several rule of law initiatives in Iraq, the Rule of Law International Policy Committee (RIPC) held a meeting today at UNAMI Headquarters in Baghdad with the participation of representatives of 14 countries, the United Nations, the World Bank and EUJUST LEX Iraq, the European Union Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq.

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