Press Releases & Statements

Baghdad, 25 May 2017 – The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the Iraqi Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the European Union (EU) celebrated the completion of the ‘Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Defeat Course’ which took place at the Ministry of Interior Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Training Center in Salman Pak. The course was funded through a generous contribution from the EU.

Erbil, Iraq, 23 May 2017 - UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, has opened another camp in response to a recent surge in the number of newly-displaced Iraqis fleeing the military offensive in western Mosul. An estimated 40,000 people fled areas of north-west Mosul and the Old City over a four-day period late last week.

Baghdad, 24 May 2017 - A national conference bringing together civil society representatives to gauge the political aspirations of Iraqis for the post-Daesh phase and to promote the merits of national reconciliation convened in Baghdad today, drawing from the findings of a series of cross-country roundtable discussions by academics, journalists, activists as well as tribal and religious leaders over the past five months.

Iraq - Displacement and return movements continue across Iraq, affecting nearly five million people. Funding for humanitarian operations is urgently needed, particularly with new displacement caused by the intensification of operations to retake Mosul.

Baghdad, 23 May 2017 – More than 1900 health workers and volunteers on Sunday 21 May, 2017 kick started a mass polio vaccination campaign targeting approximately 332 000 children from conflict affected Mosul and other underserved areas in Ninewa Governorate.

Erbil, 21 and 22 May 2017- The Central Government and the Government of KR-I invest heavily in education and training, but they desire a better return on this investment. The unemployment rate of graduates is high, and employers complain that local graduates don’t have the skills needed for work.

BAGHDAD 21 May, 2017 – The future of Iraq, its economic security and prosperity depends on increasing investment in education today.

On 18 May 2017, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), JICA Alumni Association-Iraq (JAAI), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) hosted a joint seminar to discuss the role of urban planning in the post-conflict reconciliation, reconstruction and development of Mosul.

Baghdad, 20 May 2017 – After four months of cross-country meetings, the “Iraq: Youth and Coexistence” forum concluded with an overarching national conference in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad today, full of hope that recommendations drawn from deliberations involving hundreds of youth from Iraq’s diverse areas will impact the political drive to achieve national reconciliation in the period after the defeat of the Daesh terrorists.

Baghdad, 20 May 2017 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the suicide bombing attacks in Baghdad and Basra which caused many casualties.

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