UN Signs 2011-14 Programme Action Plans with Iraqi Govt

The UN will intensify efforts to strengthen the capacity of key institutions, such as the Council of Representatives and Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), to promote inclusive and participatory governance. To accelerate efforts to tackle corruption, the UN will build the capacity of the Commission of Integrity. A youth strategy that creates mechanisms for 15-24 year olds to be active in the country’s development will be launched. The UN will also support the establishment of the Human Rights Commission. The Rule of Law, independence of the judiciary and access to justice for all, including women and children, will be promoted.

The three organizations’ Country Programme Action Plans are costed at over $600 million over a four year period, which represents more than one-third of the total resources required for the United Nations programme in Iraq as agreed with the Government for 2011-2014.

About UNICEF Iraq

UNICEF has been on the ground in Iraq since 1983 working to ensure Iraqi children survive and realize their full potential. UNICEF is supporting the Government of Iraq to develop child friendly policies, build the capacity of institutions that deliver essential services to children, and convene all duty bearers to realize the full rights of Iraqi children. Via a network of staff and partners, UNICEF’s programmes continue to improve basic health services, safeguard a quality education, rebuild water and sanitation systems, protect children from abuse, violence, and exploitation, and meet the needs of the most vulnerable in crisis situations.

About UNDP Iraq

Celebrating 35 years in Iraq in 2011, UNDP has been in Iraq since 1976, working with the Government of Iraq to promote: transparent, accountable and participatory governance; pro-poor, equitable and inclusive socio-economic and environmental policies and development; and diversified growth and public sector development as the foundations of human security and development. The value of UNDP’s CPAP (2011-2014) is $378 million of which $18 million will come from UNDP’s core resources. UNDP works in all governorates in Iraq. Currently there are 40 staff in Iraq (6 internationals), which by the end of 2011 will increase to 60 staff (including 10 internationals).

About UNFPA Iraq

UNFPA Iraq focuses on women and youth issues through four components: 1. Reproductive and women’s health 2. Youth 3. Gender equality 4. Population and development (support census, statistical system modernization and population surveys)

In all components UNFPA is working in close collaboration with the line ministries, NGOs, UN agencies and other partners to advocate and support with a high level and specific technical expertise.

(Source: UNAMI)

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