ERBIL, 17 November 2015 – Building on Japan’s continuing support to the government and people of Iraq, twenty fully-equipped paramedic ambulances were handed over to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Bureau for Migration and Displacement (BMD) in a ceremony today at the Baharka Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Erbil, Iraq. The ambulances are being provided as part of the project “Increasing Access to Emergency Response Services for IDPs and Refugees in the Kurdistan Region”, implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) on behalf of the Government of Japan and in partnership with BMD. The project aims to support the BMD in providing emergency medical services to IDPs and refugees residing in three Iraqi governorates – Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, and Kirkuk.

Dead Sea, 9 November 2015 – A new Resilience Agenda has been adopted at the high level Resilience Development Forum on 8 and 9 November in Dead Sea, Jordan attended by delegations from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Syria. The pathbreaking Resilience Agenda presents five key principles for helping people impacted by the crisis in the Middle East.

“The victims of ISIL are afraid and need our help”

(Erbil, 13 September 2015): The recent arrival of tens of thousands of refugees to Europe from across the region confirms the dire humanitarian conditions millions of Iraqis now face. “Tens of thousands of Iraqis have fled the conflict for the safety of Europe and hundreds of thousands could follow unless much more is done to alleviate the suffering of the more than 8 million men, women and children in Iraq who need our help,” United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, said.

6 August 2015,ERBIL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced this week that following a comprehensive assessment of the food security and vulnerability status of Syrian refugees living in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, it will focus its resources on the most vulnerable people.

Amman, 25 June 2015: A shortage of funds is hampering humanitarian and development assistance efforts to meet the needs of 3.9 million refugees who have fled the conflict in Syria, as well as more than 20 million people in affected local communities hosting them in neighbouring countries, according to a report released today.   

20 June 2015: Fifteen years into a millennium that many of us hoped would see an end to war, a spreading global violence has come to threaten the very foundations of our international system.

VIENNA, 20 June (UN Information Service) - On this World Refugee Day, let us remember the plight of the millions of people worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict and persecution.  At the end of 2014, 59.5 million persons - the highest number on record - were forcibly displaced around the globe.  This means that one in every 122 human beings today is either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum.

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