Press Releases & Statements

ERBIL, 27 February 2017 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is extremely concerned about the humanitarian situation facing families in western Mosul, where more than 750,000 people are living in dire conditions.

Erbil, 27 February 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with its partners has provided legal assistance to help more than two and a half thousand Iraqis displaced as a result of the Mosul offensive receive new civil identity cards and other documents that were lost, damaged or destroyed as they fled their homes seeking safety.

24 February 2017 - A two-day International Coordination Conference on the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage in Liberated Areas of Iraq ended at UNESCO’s Headquarters on Friday, laying the ground for an emergency, medium and long term action plan to preserve the country’s rich, diverse millennial archaeological sites, its museums, religious heritage, and historic cities.

24 February 2017 Iraq - When they return to their home communities, Iraqis displaced by the current crisis face a host of challenges, including the destruction of infrastructure, housing and property. Access to basic services, availability of drinking water, food, health care, shelter and livelihood opportunities are all ongoing sources of concern.

Baghdad, 21 February 2017 – Starting from 19 February, UNESCO conducted a three-day workshop on professional integration of graduates from higher education institutions in Iraq. The workshop, held in Baghdad, brought together 35 senior representatives from the Ministry, as well as from the country's main technical and academic universities.

22 February 2017: The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the cowardly and heinous terrorist attack which took place in Baghdad, Iraq on February 16, during which at least 50 people were killed and many more injured. The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and to the people and the Government of Iraq. They wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

BAGHDAD, 22 February 2017 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$7 million from the Government of Japan, which will be used to provide vital food assistance to thousands of Iraqi families affected by the ongoing crisis in Mosul as well as Syrian refugees living in camps in Iraq.

BAGHDAD, 20 February 2017 – The crisis in Iraq continues to drive people from their homes resulting in waves of displacement.

Erbil, 19 February 2017 – Youth are key to the future of coexistence in Iraq and reconciliation would be incomplete without their input into the process, the United Nations stressed at the itinerary youth forum “Iraq: Youth and Coexistence” which stopped in Erbil on Saturday, 18 February 2017 on the second of a series of cross-country events.

17 February 2017, Iraq - As military operations to retake Mosul intensify, concerns mount that these operations may displace additional tens of thousands of civilians – beyond the 160,000-plus individuals currently categorized as “displaced” in the Mosul region after four months of combat.

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