Press Releases & Statements

Erbil – As the displacement of more than 3.2 million people continues in Iraq, the UN Migration Agency is improving the housing conditions of vulnerable displaced persons living outside camps such as in critical shelter arrangements.

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Mr. Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Iraq. The Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister discussed the ongoing operation against ISIL, the passing of Security Council Resolution 2379 (2017) on accountability for ISIL’s atrocity crimes, the planned 25 September referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and the national reconciliation process in Iraq.

(New York, 22 September 2017)
I welcome the adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2379 on accountability for the acts committed by Daesh in Iraq. The resolution explicitly condemns forced marriage, trafficking in persons, rape, sexual slavery and other forms of sexual violence, and recognises that the commission of such acts may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide. I commend the Government of Iraq and the members of the Council for their unanimous resolve to ensure justice for survivors of such atrocities.

Baghdad, September 20, 2017 - The World Bank Group (WBG) has concluded today a series of consultations with various stakeholder groups around its forthcoming Iraq Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for the period 2018-2022 which lays out the main country development goals that the WBG aims to help Iraq achieve, and proposes a program of strategic interventions for this purpose.

Friday, 22 September 2017 16:40

Security Council Press Statement on Iraq

21 September 2017: The members of the Security Council expressed concern over the potentially destabilizing impact of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s plans to unilaterally hold a referendum next week.

Baghdad, Iraq – 21 September 2017 - International Day of Peace in Baghdad was a time to remember the sacrifices made in the fight to defeat the terrorist Daesh and an occasion to hope and believe in peace, through music and poetry, symbolizing the love for life and a better future.

19 September 2017, Baghdad, Iraq – The Federal Ministry of Health Iraq and World Health Organization (WHO) concluded in Baghdad a five- day workshop to develop a national action plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) for Iraq.

Erbil, 17 September, UNESCO introduces the European Union funded project “Access to Inclusive Quality Primary and Secondary Education for IDPs and Refugees in Crisis Affected Areas of Iraq” in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Baghdad, 19-9-2017: The Government of Japan has announced emergency funding of $4.5 million dollars to support UNHCR’s humanitarian assistance for families affected by the Mosul crisis.

The Secretary-General believes that any unilateral decision to hold a referendum at this time would detract from the need to defeat ISIL, as well as the much-needed reconstruction of the regained territories and the facilitation of a safe, voluntary and dignified return of the more than three million refugees and internally displaced people.

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