UN Assistance Mission for Iraq

Security Council Meeting on the situation concerning Iraq, 21 March 2013. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas. Security Council Meeting on the situation concerning Iraq, 21 March 2013. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is a political mission established by the 2003 UN Security Council Resolution 1500 at the request of the Government of Iraq. It has been on the ground ever since, with its role greatly expanded in 2007 with the passage of Resolution 1770.

UNAMI is mandated to advise and assist the Government and people of Iraq on a number of fronts. This includes advancing inclusive, political dialogue and national reconciliation, assisting in the electoral process and in the planning for a national census, facilitating regional dialogue between Iraq and its neighbours, and promoting the protection of human rights and judicial and legal reform. More about UNAMI’s mandate.

The mandate also tasks UNAMI with working with government partners and civil society to coordinate the humanitarian and development efforts of the UN agencies, funds and programmes, under the leadership of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for development and humanitarian support who is also the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq. While UNAMI itself does not implement or deliver humanitarian and development programmes, it recognizes the critical importance of supporting the partnership and technical cooperation between the Government of Iraq and the 20 UN agencies, funds and programmes operating in the country.

UNAMI is headed by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq who is supported by two deputies SRSG. One Deputy SRSG oversees the political and human rights affairs, while the other Deputy SRSG oversees the UN humanitarian and development efforts and performs the functions of Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq.

The Mission is administered by the UN’s Department of Political Affairs and supported by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, as well as the Department of Field Support.

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