The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have signed their Country Programme Action Plans for their respective 2011-2014 Programmes of Cooperation with the Government of Iraq. The signings endorse the key results the agencies will deliver over the next four years in support of the Government of Iraq’s development agenda.
“These signings ensure the United Nations’ support in many critical areas of the Government of Iraq’s National Development Plan, including the attainment of its Millennium Development Goal targets by 2015 to improve the well-being of the Iraqi population” said Christine McNab, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq. “Activities will be undertaken to build the Government of Iraq’s capacity to deliver essential services to those most in need, create employment opportunities, and strengthen mechanisms to improve governance and protect the fundamental rights of all citizens.”
Via a robust Public Sector Modernization program, the three United Nations organizations will contribute to creating a public sector that delivers high quality and equitable services, especially in the areas of education, water and sanitation, and health services. Additionally, assistance will be given to the rehabilitation of existing run-down power stations as well as the building of new power stations, clearance of mines and other remnants of war will continue and environmental programmes will be started together with the government and local communities.
Children and young adults up to 35 years of age, who represent 80% of the Iraqi population, need quality education and meaningful economic opportunities that enable them to become the drivers of a future stable and prosperous Iraq. Education and health programmes are essential and through a Private Sector Development Programme, the private sector will be stimulated to create more jobs in a more diversified economy. By promoting equal opportunities for men and women in terms of education and employment, a more gender-balanced workforce will be created in which women and men alike will participate in the political, economic and social recovery of Iraq.