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UNESCO to Protect Leaning Minaret

By John  Lee. UNESCO‘s Iraq Office and the Governorate of Ninewa signed an agreement to start a project under which UNESCO will carry out a complete set of studies to protect one of the region’s historical icons: Al Hadba Minaret. After several meetings and an expert mission, UNESCO Iraq Director Mohamed Djelid met on Friday, […]

Minaret Mosque in Samarra to be Restored

By John Lee. The General Secretariat for the Council of Ministers has announced that it will form a committee headed by the Minister of Sciences and Technology Dr. Abdul-Kareem Al-Samarrai, to restore the Minaret Mosque in Samarra (pictured). The Director of Samarra’ Endowments, the Director of the Province’s Antiquities, and the province’s Budget Director will […]

Press Freedom and Economic Development

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 3rd May to be World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), a day which, among other objectives, serves as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom. According to UNESCO figures, since 2008 a total of 26 Iraqi media workers have been killed, […]

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First Govt Brick Factory Opens

The first governmental-owned brick factory in Iraqi Kurdistan started operations in Erbil on Tuesday, according to AKnews. The factory which can produce 8,000 cement building blocks daily was opened in a ceremony where Samir Abdullah, Minister for Municipality and Tourism said the ministry hopes to raise the daily output capacity to 20,000. Abdullah told the […]

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Iraq Launches System to Safeguard Groundwater

The Government of Iraq reaffirmed its commitment to tackling the ongoing water crisis this month at a national seminar in Baghdad on 3 July 2011, ushering in phase two of the new National Hydrogeological Resources Assessment Network and Database for Iraq, known as geoFIA. This interactive web-based platform will help the Iraqi government to accelerate […]

UN Initiative to Alleviate Water Shortages in Iraq

UNESCO has launched a scientific survey of Iraq’s groundwater in an effort to improve the government’s ability to address water scarcity in the country. Iraq is currently facing severe water shortages across most parts of the country, with over 7.6 million Iraqis lacking access to safe drinking water, and an agriculture sector suffering from years […]

Iraqi Institutions Support Education Reform for a Brighter Future

Representatives from the Ministries of Education, Higher Education and Finance from Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government gathered in Erbil during a three-day meeting for the modernisation of the education sector in Iraq. From 23 to 25 September, 2010, UNESCO and UNICEF launched the first national workshop for education of the joint “Iraq Public Sector […]

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UNESCO Promoting Literacy In Iraq

On the occasion of International Literacy Day, UNESCO calls on national institutions and civil society to join forces to promote literacy for all as a tool for inclusive and sustainable development in Iraq. “I take this occasion to call upon governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to scale up their support to […]

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