Sunday, 15 September 2013 21:59


The demographic transition that the Iraqi population will undergo in the coming 20 years is at the core of the work of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The ‘youth bulge’ promises to create unprecedented opportunities and limitless challenges for Iraq. For this reason, Iraq’s National Development Plan (2010 – 2014) stresses the need to invest in youth, by “promoting the empowerment and capacity of Iraqi youth to face social challenges and to contribute to community development”.


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Sunday, 15 September 2013 21:55


A range of studies and surveys reveal that Iraqi youth face many challenges. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), together with the Government of Iraq, conducted a National Youth Survey in 2009 that provided the first comprehensive insight into the reality of being a young person in today’s Iraq. The United Nations, the Central Organization for Statistics, and the Kurdistan Region Statistics Office also produced the Iraq Knowledge Network Survey in 2011 which provides specific information on youth attitudes and issues.


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This year, Iraq will launch its first ever National Youth Strategy (NYS). The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been working closely with both the Ministry of Planning (MoP) and the Ministry of Youth and Sport (MoYS) to build a comprehensive and effective strategy.


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In November 2013, Iraq will launch its third National Human Development Report (NHDR) with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This issue of the NHDR will have a special thematic focus on youth. 


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Baghdad, 12 August 2013 - The United Nations is marking International Youth Day with an urgent call on the Government of Iraq to protect and empower young people, as a worsening security situation and limited employment prospects drive youth to seek a life outside the country.

“Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward”

This year’s observance of International Youth Day focuses on the issue of youth migration.  Of the annual total of some 214 million international migrants, young people constitute more than 10 per cent, yet too little is known about their struggles and experiences. 

UNFPA organized two parallel peer education training sessions in June and July with the participation of 34 young Syrian refugees and four women volunteers who work in the Women’s Social Centre.

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Thursday, 14 March 2013 03:00

My Voice Counts: Young Iraqi voices

My voice can! No, my voice cannot... Youth around the globe – and Iraqi youths are no exception – think day after day about what their voices can do, and what they cannot do. In December and January, UNAMI asked Iraqi youth if they have a voice, if they can express themselves, and what they can do to make their voices heard in their local communities and across the country.

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Baghdad, 12 August 2010 - This year’s commemoration of International Youth Day is a particularly important day for youth around the world as it marks the launch of the International Year of Youth, which was proclaimed by the United General-Assembly in December 2009 under the theme “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”. The choice of the theme reflects the United Nations’ commitment to encouraging dialogue and understanding across generations, cultures and religions as well as its recognition of the need to ensure that the voices of youth around the world are heard for they are the leaders of the future and they must be involved in its shaping.

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