Press Releases & Statements

20 April 2021 Erbil — In early April, Iraq surpassed 900,000 COVID-19 cases. Necessary efforts to contain the spread of the virus throughout 2020 led to a reduction in economic activity; compounded by pre-existing economic challenges, drops in oil prices and the public health COVID-19 crisis, it is estimated that Iraq’s economy contracted by 9.5 per cent in 2020.

19 April 2021 - On Thursday 15/4/2021 the EU/FAO agricultural livelihoods project for returnee farmers in Nineveh Governorate distributed twenty “handy scythes” (mechanical mowers for cutting fodder forage) to twenty women's associations in Al-Hamdaniya, Bashiqa, Tikif, Mosul, Al-Nimrud, Hamidat, Hammam Al-Alil, Wana, Al-Muhallabiah and Al-Qosh.

Baghdad, 19 April 2021 –The United Kingdom has committed GBP 3 million (approximately US$ 4.1 million) to support the Government of Iraq’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Baghdad, Erbil-Iraq, 16 April 2021 - The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) announces today that, in coordination with national health authorities, and in solidarity with the people of Iraq, it is providing Intensive Care Unit (ICU) sets to COVID-19 treatment hospitals in 7 Governorates, complementing efforts undertaken by other partners.

An international jury today announced that an entry by eight Egyptian architects won the international competition for the reconstruction of the historic Al-Nouri Mosque complex in Mosul, Iraq, a major component of UNESCO’s ambitious project for the rehabilitation of the ancient city, Revive the Spirit of Mosul.

Baghdad, April 11, 2021: In a new joint initiative, UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are providing a cash stipend to the families of 2,400 primary school girls in Basra, to support their transition to lower secondary education.

Thursday, April 15, 2021 Baghdad — Iraq continues to grapple with the cumulative effects of past conflicts on its development, which has left the country vulnerable to renewed conflict.

Baghdad, Iraq; 14 April 2021 - The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) renewed its commitment to reproductive health and rights of women and girls, and prevention and response to gender-based violence in humanitarian settings. The project will support the work carried out by UNFPA with a AUD 2 million contribution.

Baghdad, 12 April 2021 - After 3 years of fruitful collaboration between UN-Habitat Iraq and the Ministry of Justice of Iraq, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with the support of the Prime Minister of Iraq, and under the patronage of Mr. Salar Abdul Sattar Muhammad, Minister of Justice.

Baghdad, 13 April 2021 – Once again, Ramadan is being observed amid restrictions due to COVID-19 and economic hardship compounded by the pandemic. While these difficulties test our resolve, we must all remain mindful of the need to protect ourselves and our loved ones and not allow the challenging circumstances to dampen the occasion.

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