Press Releases & Statements

Baghdad, 26 March 2019 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq welcomes an additional contribution of DKK 73 million (over USD 11 million) from the Government of Denmark to mitigate the threat posed by explosive hazards and enable stabilization efforts in liberated areas of Iraq. The scale, scope, and complexity of explosive hazard contamination in liberated areas is substantial, and far exceeds the existing national resources to clear them.

The Secretary-General is saddened by the tragic loss of lives after a passenger ferry capsized today in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul. The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims, the Government and people of Iraq and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

Baghdad, Iraq, 21.03.19 – UNITAD (United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL) announced this morning the completion of the first exhumation of a Yazidi mass grave in the Sinjar region, in the village of Kojo.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Iraq and the world celebrate on 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF).

Baghdad, Iraq, 21 March 2019 - Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, expresses deep sorrow at the loss of many lives after a ferry sank in the River Tigris in the city of Mosul, northern Iraq, today.

Baghdad, 21 March 2019 – On 18 March 2019, the Senior Deputy Minister of the Interior, Dr Aqeel Al-Khazaali endorsed the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Criminal Investigations.

Nowruz is the time when many people around the world enjoy renewed hope on the first day of Spring and celebrate their culture and identity.

For more than 300 million people across the world, Nowruz is about new beginnings: the arrival of a new year; the first day of spring; the renewal of nature.

Baghdad, 19 March 2019 – Ahead of World Water Day on Friday 22 March, UNICEF thanks the Government of Australia for their generous donation of US$6.1 million to support the provision of water and sanitation services for vulnerable children in southern Iraq.

Baghdad, 18 March 2019: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency welcomed a generous contribution of USD 13 million from the Government and people of Japan to protect and assist Internally Displaced People (IDPs), returnee families, and Syrian refugees across Iraq. Japan’s funding will help UNHCR work with local stakeholders and partners to support the targeted communities with cash assistance, quick impact projects, legal assistance, and psychosocial prevention and response activities in response of sexual and gender-based violence.

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