Press Releases & Statements

Cairo, 28 June 2020 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed more than one million cases of COVID-19 in the 22 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region. As of 11 am today, 1 035 991 cases and 23 731 deaths have been recorded from the Region spanning Morocco to Pakistan.

Baghdad, Iraq, 29 June 2020: The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Iraqi Ministry of Health, today kicked off a major COVID-19 awareness campaign targeting high risk and affected areas in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Baghdad, 24 June 2020 - UN Iraq Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Iraq, Dr. Adham Ismail, visited the Ministry of Health today, where they met with the Minister of Health Dr. Hassan al-Tamimi.

Monday, June 22, 2020 Erbil – Decades of conflict in Iraq have had a devastating effect on the country and led to deeper divisions along sectarian lines.

20 June 2020 – Almost six months into our response to COVID-19, we continue to learn many things about this new disease.

Dr Ibtisam Aziz Ali - The Director-General of the Women Empowerment Department
Iraq has faced many challenges and a wave of sexual violence during the humanitarian crisis caused the war against ISIL in 2014.

Baghdad, 19 June 2020 - Today, the United Nations in Iraq commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

Thursday, 18 June 2020 14:17

A Blight on Humanity’s Conscience

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Baghdad, 18 June 2020 –The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed over US$10 million recently to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq, allowing the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to scale-up its response to the pandemic into three additional governorates.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is today appealing to countries worldwide to do far more to find homes for millions of refugees and others displaced by conflict, persecution or events seriously disturbing public order. This is as a report released today showed that forced displacement is now affecting more than one percent of humanity – 1 in every 97 people – and with fewer and fewer of those who flee being able to return home.

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