Press Releases & Statements

10 October 2019 - UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay and Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, the United Arab Emirate’s Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, today agreed to undertake the rehabilitation of the Syriac Catholic Al-Tahera Church and the Latin Al-Saa’a Church in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The agreement is an addition to UNESCO’s Revive the Spirit of Mosul Initiative, marking a major advance for the restoration of cultural and religious diversity to the Iraqi city and an important step for the Christians of the East who are part of Mosul history and future.

Ending extreme poverty is at the heart of the world’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and build a sustainable future for all. But success in leaving no one behind will remain elusive if we do not target the people who are farthest behind first.

World Food Day is a global call for Zero Hunger -- for a world where nutritious food is available and affordable for everyone, everywhere.

Every 40 seconds, someone makes the tragic decision that life is no longer worth living.

We have seen a series of demonstrations across Iraq this week protesting against job scarcity and unequal provision of basic services. Most of the protestors are young and unemployed, demanding that their economic and social rights be respected.

The Secretary-General is closely following developments in Iraq. He calls for dialogue between the Government and the demonstrators as an immediate step towards de-escalation and reiterates that freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are fundamental rights that must be respected.

Baghdad, 4 October 2019 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, welcomed last night’s address of Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi emphasizing the need for unity, dialogue and action.

Baghdad, 2 October 2019 - In line with UNAMI’s mandate to advise and support, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, met with a number of protesters in Baghdad tonight. The Special Representative reiterated her call for calm and emphasized the importance of a direct dialogue between the people on the streets and Iraq’s leadership.

Baghdad, 2 October 2019 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, expresses grave concern over the violence that accompanied some of the demonstrations in Baghdad and other governorates. She calls for calm and deeply regrets the casualties among both the protesters and security forces.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes a new donation of EUR 3 million from the EU to assist internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq. This funding will contribute to ensure the provision of legal assistance and civil documentation to over 30,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) across Iraq and to guarantee that camp management and camp coordination services (CCCM) are in place in all UNHCR-managed camps in Ninewa Governorate.

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