The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced that it is boosting its partnership with the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi people.
"We have tripled the number of our staff based in Iraq to 44 with further increases planned in the next year. Each and every one of them is committed to improving the lives of Iraqis through an enhanced partnership with the Government of Iraq and its people" said Ms. Amat Al Alim Alsoswa, Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States of UNDP, during a meeting with the press in Baghdad.
The announcement to increase UNDP’s staff presence in Baghdad comes as UNDP is getting ready to undertake the first annual review jointly with the Government on its four-year country programme in Iraq which focusses on strengthening democratic governance, combating poverty, empowering women and youth, promoting environmental protection and supporting the revitalisation of Iraq's economy.
UNDP has worked to support the Government and people of Iraq for more than 35 years now. Since 2003, it has actively supported the transition towards reconciliation, peace and stability in the areas of democratic governance, poverty reduction, restoration of basic services such as water and electricity, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment, and the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Most recently, UNDP contributed to strengthening the democratic process in Iraq primarily through the 2010 national elections. With continued work on anti-corruption, rule of law, justice, human rights, public sector reform, disaster risk reduction, environment and climate change.
“I am proud of the progress Iraq has achieved in overcoming years of conflict and violence and getting onto the right development track." said Alsoswa.