“I am very pleased this Policy is launched today as it will be a mile-stone in responding to housing and shelter needs and improving access to basic services, a top priority for our work in Iraq.” said Doudou Mbye UN-Habitat Representative in Iraq. “However, this is only a starting point and the real challenge will be in the implementation of the policy. UN-HABITAT is committed to work with the different partners to make Iraq a country where everyone has decent housing and shelter. This is crucial in making a positive difference in the lives of each and every Iraqi individual”, he concluded.
The ceremony was attended by Ministers and senior representatives of the Ministry of Construction and Housing, Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Prime Minister. The UN was represented by Dyfed Aubrey of UN-HABITAT and Natsuko Yukawa of UNDP. UNDP will work alongside UN-HABITAT in support of the implementation of the National Housing Policy in Phase 3 of the Strengthening the Capacity of the Housing Sector in Iraq Programme.
In her address, HE Mrs Bayan Dezayee, Minister of Construction and Housing, praised the housing policy, emphasizing that it is in line with the National Development Plan and in line with the Government of Iraq’s approach to reconstructing Iraq. She also outlined ongoing projects of the Ministry of Construction and Housing, admiring the efforts of the MoCH, foreign and national experts, and especially the efforts of UN-HABITAT in developing Iraq’s National Housing Policy.
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