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Call to support Iraq in Adapting to Climate Change

On World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, UN and NGOs call for action to support Iraq in managing water and adapting to climate change As Iraq confronts multiple challenges caused and exacerbated by climate change, including prolonged heat waves, declining precipitation, loss of fertile land, salinisation, insufficient infrastructure investments, transboundary water shortages and a […]

EU gives $2.8m in Relief to Iraqi Children

By John Lee. A recent contribution of USD2.8 million by the European Union has provided immediate relief to 90,000 vulnerable people -half of them children - in emergency camps in Salamiya, Hamam al Alil and Jeda'a 1 and 5 IDP camps within Ninawa governorate. Only 39 per cent of Iraq's population have access to safely […]

UN: Daesh "Down but Not Out" in Iraq

ISIL ‘down but not out’ in Iraq; UN envoy urges efforts to defeat group’s extremist ideology The military victory against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) is only one component of a complex battle that addresses the root causes of extremist ideology, the United Nations envoy for Iraq said Wednesday. “Da’esh remains […]

UN Calls for Relocation of Civilians to Safer Areas

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has said she is deeply worried about thousands of civilians who are trapped in Fallujah city and in Sinjar district and are unable to access aid, calling on Government officials to redouble efforts to relocate civilians to safer areas before the situation deteriorates further. Although the UN […]

UN Concerned about Proposed National Identity Law

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq (OHCHR) and the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) are concerned about the potential effect of the proposed National Identity Law, particularly Article 26, on minority ethnic and religious communities of Iraq. Article 26 stipulates that […]

UN Provides Shelter for Refugees in Anbar

The UN refugee agency has opened its most recent camp for internally displaced persons in Iraq’s restive Anbar province – host to the largest number of 3.2 million Iraqis uprooted across the country and where more than 250,000 civilians have fled their homes over the past six months. The new “Marzaki camp is strategically located […]

Global Leadership Required to Help Millions in Iraq

At a high-level meeting yesterday on the margins of the 70th United Nations General Assembly, the United States of America, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) called for greater engagement from the international community on the dire humanitarian crisis in Iraq. “The humanitarian crisis […]

WFP to Cut Critical Food Aid to Iraq

A severe funding shortfall in Iraq is pushing the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to cut the amount of aid it delivers to nearly one million displaced people in the war-torn country, the Organization has confirmed. “Unfortunately, lack of funds and the rise in the number of displaced Iraqis forces us to reduce the […]

UNDP, Japan Stimulate Recovery in Iraq

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan have signed a US$ 1 million emergency grant agreement to stimulate stabilization and recovery initiatives in newly liberated areas in Iraq. The grant will be channeled through the Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) which is managed by UNDP under the leadership of the […]

Empowering Women to Counter Terrorism

“Women can be powerful poles for positive change and participate in innovative efforts to inform, shape and implement policies and programs to mitigate the effectsof conflict and violent radicalization”, said Gyorgy Busztin, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG), at the opening of the two-day National Conference on ‘Empowering Women to […]

Security Council Renews UNAMI Mandate

The UN Security Council on Wednesday extended for another year the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and expressed its intention to review the operation’s mandate in 12 months or sooner, if requested by the Iraqi Government. Adopting a resolution, the Council extended UNAMI’s mandate through 31 July 2016, and, in line with the […]