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Sunday, 12 November 2017 14:15

The Council of Ministers Endorses the Updated Housing Policy of Iraq by the Ministry of Construction, Housing Municipalities and Public Works through the support of UN-Habitat

Baghdad, 6 November 2017 – The Council of Ministers of Iraq endorsed the updated housing policy and its working plan matrix and requested from the concerned ministries and entities to undertake the needed arrangement for implementation -each according to its respective mandate- to provide decent housing to Iraqi citizens. The new housing policy was developed through the technical support of UN-Habitat to the Ministry of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public Works (MoCHMPW) and other concerned Ministries.

During the meeting between the UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat Dr. Aisa Kacyra Kirabo with the Minister of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public Works Dr. Anne Nafi’ Aoussi in Baghdad, Dr. Kirabo congratulated the Government of Iraq for the endorsement of the updated housing policy and confirmed that UN-Habitat will continue to do its utmost to ensure that its ongoing engagement and support will result in visible impact and tangible results on the ground to make differences in the lives of vulnerable people in Iraq”. She added: “We are confident that the launching of the new Housing Policy will help to offer a useful and scientific tool to complement the outstanding efforts of the Government of Iraq on Reconstruction and Development”

On her side, H.E. The Minister of MoCHMPW, stated that “the meeting and the endorsement of the new housing policy coincide with the liberation of most of the previously controlled areas by ISIL and the exacerbation of challenges to reconstruct the damaged areas, and its timely occasion to discuss the future role of UN-Habitat to enhance its contribution to support the Government’s efforts in reconstruction and to transform the Iraqi cities into more inclusive, secure, sustainable and resilient.

UN-Habitat collaborated with the concerned Ministries and the local authorities who are responsible on the assessment of the correlation between the housing policy with other plans and strategies and identified the challenges and obstacles encountered by different institutions for the implementation of the housing policy and provided recommendations for monitoring and evaluation.

For further information, please contact:
Alan Miran
Media and Communications Specialist, UN-Habitat
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