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Young people in Iraq are facing constant hurdles. A lack of livelihood opportunities and limited possibilities hinder their ability in striving to lead the development process in their country.

As global populations continue to adapt to living the "new normal" of enforced curfews and shutdowns amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, 28-year-old Mustafa Anwer is finding ways to carve out creative paths to nurture his artistic talents.

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  • Agency UNAMI

Yathrib, Iraq, 2 July 2020--- While living as an Internally Displaced Person in Baghdad for four years, 31-year-old Mohammed Madi Ahmad learned new skills in painting, plumbing, installation of false ceilings, electricity fixtures, and installation of fans, lighting and decoration.

UNHCR’s latest Global Trends report, released every year in lead up to World Refugee Day (June 20), shows that 79.5 million people – or 1 per cent of humanity – was forcibly displaced at the end of 2019.

Erbil — As of 13 May 3,032 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 115 deaths had been reported in Iraq. Measures that the Government of Iraq has taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 — including curfews, school closures, and restrictions on travel into and within the country — have led to reduced operating hours or the closure of many small businesses. While the government has started relaxing restrictions in certain locations, the economic impact of COVID-19 is expected to be severe.

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  • Agency IOM

VIENNA, 11 May 2020 – In line with ongoing efforts to promote social stabilization and accelerated economic recovery in Iraq, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Japan have recently launched a new technical cooperation project to help build the economic resilience of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Nineveh Governorate.

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  • Agency UNFPA

Baghdad, 09 March 2020 - Representatives of the ‘Roma of Iraq’, an ancient ethnic community, took their concerns to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR), seeking their support in advocating with the Government to improve their living conditions and guarantee them their rightful place in Iraqi society.

A young woman from a religious minority group in Ninewa overcomes many challenges with support from colleagues and training opportunities provided by UN-Habitat.

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  • Agency UN-HABITAT

Baghdad, 3 March 2020 - The global increase in hate speech as a vehicle to express and transfer xenophobia, racism and intolerance is deeply troubling.

Outstanding result of over 80% of cases registered to solve property and land disputes in Hamdanyia and Telkeif districts of Ninewa Governorate have been successfully solved through mediation process, facilitating reconciliation and peacebuilding in the region.

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  • Agency UN-HABITAT
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