UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and OCHA chief Valerie Amos, travel to northern Iraq to meet refugees from Syria, assess their situation and show solidarity as well as thanking host communities.

Baghdad, 25 November 2013 – Briefing the Security Council today on the Secretary-General’s first report pursuant to paragraph 6 of resolution 2110 of 2013 (S/2013/661), on the activities of UNAMI and the most recent developments in Iraq, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov acknowledged that “Iraq’s challenges can no longer be considered in isolation from the broader risks that face the region.”

Martin Kobler is personally vested in the Middle East with a vast amount of diplomatic experience in the region. He has worked tirelessly to maintain stability and foster post-conflict resolution with the Afghanistan government, the Palestinian Authority in Jericho, as well as having served as the German ambassador to both Egypt and Iraq.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

My voice can! No, my voice cannot... Youth around the globe -- and Iraqi youths are no exception -- think day after day about what their voices can do, and what they cannot do. In December and January, UNAMI asked Iraqi youth if they have a voice, if they can express themselves, and what they can do to make their voices heard in their local communities and across the country.

Mandy Dheyab, 23, an Iraqi musician from Baghdad, said that she thinks her voice is important "because it can make a difference" in her society, while Nadia, 21, a student at Baghdad University, thinks that her voice is important because "I'm an Iraqi."

21 Mar 2013 - The situation concerning Iraq. Second report of the Secretary-General pursuant to paragraph 6 of resolution 2061 (2012) (S/2013/154).

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