Press Releases & Statements

Erbil, Iraq on 23 August 2020: The World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with the Ministry of Health in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, launch a major COVID 19 prevention and containment campaign in KRG-I.

The right to freedom of religion or belief is firmly trenched in international human rights law and is a cornerstone for inclusive, prosperous and peaceful societies.

Baghdad, Iraq; 19 August 2020 - The United Nations in Iraq and the Ministries of Labour and Social Affairs, Health and Environment, and Planning discussed on Wednesday the challenges faced by the national social protection system in Iraq in responding to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

Baghdad, 20 August 2020 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) strongly condemns the killing of two activists in Basra and the targeting of two others over the past week and urges increased government efforts to hold the perpetrators accountable and prevent the recurrence of attacks and intimidation against activists.

Baghdad, Iraq, 19 August 2020 – As the number of COVID-19 cases in Iraq continues to rise, WHO, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and its implementing partners, has just concluded another round of a COVID-19 awareness-raising campaign that intensified community outreach efforts to educate people on measures to limit transmission of the coronavirus.

(Baghdad, 19 August 2020) I am honored to mark World Humanitarian Day as one of my first acts as the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. The commemoration has special significance here, as World Humanitarian Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in memory of the attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad at the Canal Hotel on 19 August 2003. Many colleagues lost their lives that day, as they worked to support the Iraqi people in a time of crisis.

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 11:06

Saving lives has never been more harrowing

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on World Humanitarian Day

Baghdad, 16 August 2020 - Although the number of infected COVID-19 cases in Iraq is exponentially rising to an alarming and worrying level, suggesting a major health crisis soon, Iraqis can still defeat the pandemic if they continue to diligently apply preventive measures, from collective efforts such as avoiding mass gatherings to self-discipline acts of wearing masks in public, exercising social distancing as effective ways to block the dangerous community-wide transmissions.

Today, we remember and honour all victims of terrorism. We stand by those who grieve and those who continue to endure the physical and psychological wounds of terrorist atrocities.

12 August 2020 Erbil — In 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched a genocidal campaign against the Yazidis — an ethnoreligious minority whose ancestral homelands are found in Sinjar, northern Iraq — and other minority groups. ISIL’s assault on Sinjar led to the displacement of over 350,000 Yazidis, with the majority seeking refuge in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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