Press Releases & Statements

Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, 11 July 2018

Fifty years ago, the world declared that “parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and the spacing of their children,” at the United Nations International Conference on Human Rights in Tehran, on 13 May 1968.

Erbil, 4 July 2018 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Erbil Governorate have launched eight infrastructure projects to improve services that are fundamental to daily life, such as electricity, water, roads, and sewerage, for over 284,000 people across the Governorate of Erbil.

Erbil, Iraq - 05 July 2018: The battle for Mosul ended one year ago this month, but the legacy of conflict continues to overshadow Iraq. The events that unfolded during the years of extremist control and the military campaign to remove them left a dramatic imprint. Despite promising signs of early recovery, the scars left during these years still lie heavily across the country.

Baghdad, 4 July 2018 – As part of its efforts to highlight the significance of women's participation in electoral and political processes, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) launched the #WhyNot (#Shakobeha) campaign in Babil Governorate Tuesday. The event was attended by Dr. Raad Alwan Al-Jubouri, Chair of the Babil Provincial Council, members of the Provincial Council, religious and tribal leaders, civil society, women activists, academics and youth.

Baghdad, Iraq - 03 July 2018: The Haifa Club community centre in Baghdad officially reopened today, following extensive renovation works. The centre has stood at the heart of the local community for almost 50 years, bringing together the Iraqis and Palestinian refugees who share the neighbourhood.

Baghdad, 2 July 2018 - Vulnerable farming families in post-conflict areas in Iraq's Ninewa plains, west of Mosul, will be able to better withstand shocks thanks to a European Union-funded UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) project that aims to increase household income while building, repairing and maintaining local infrastructure and creating communal and public productive assets.

1 July 2018 - The ‘Revive the Spirit of Mosul’ Initiative was presented on 30 June 2018 during the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee.

Thank you for these productive two days.

There will not be a negotiated outcome, so I will set out my own conclusions for the way forward, based on your discussions.

I am pleased to welcome you all to the first ever global High-level Conference of heads of counter-terrorism agencies of the Member States of the United Nations.

Madam Chair, distinguished Delegates,

The Security Council has recognized, through its resolutions 2242 and 2331, that sexual violence is being used as a tactic of terror.

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