Netherlands is supporting reforms
The Netherlands is supporting reforms in the Kurdistan Region with a contribution to its Funding Facility for Economic Reform

Erbil– The Kingdom of the Netherlands is contributing nearly US$270,000 (€250,000) towards the implementation of the Economic Reform Roadmap, developed by the World Bank in cooperation with the Ministry of Planning of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). The contribution is made under the Funding Facility for...

Gender Workshop Baghdad
Advancing gender mainstreaming for sustainable environmental management in Iraq

Baghdad- In collaboration with the Government of Iraq (GoI) and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has organized a technical workshop with the objective of discussing and improving understanding of gender mainstreaming in environment projects in Iraq. Held on...

NAMA workshop
Iraq prepares to curb greenhouse gas emissions through development of a roadmap for mitigation action

Erbil- A total of 27 Iraqi experts and officials discussed and agreed on an outline for Iraq’s actions towards mitigating the cause of climate change that will lead to the finalization of the country’s Roadmap for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA). This outline was the outcome of a technical...

SGBV workshop Baghdad
UNDP continues efforts to enhance response to sexual and gender based violence in Iraq

Baghdad- Within its continuing efforts to address sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in Iraq, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducted a workshop on 9 February 2017 at Al Nahrain Centre for Strategic Studies in Baghdad, titled Advancing Understanding of SGBV to Enhance Response. This was...

MoI workshop
Iraq’s Ministry of Interior starts planning for institutional level reforms

Baghdad- Informed by the Government of Iraq's ongoing security sector reform efforts and the Ministry of Interior (MoI) Law 20 (2016), the Ministry initiated an assessment and planning process for its institutional level reforms, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Law 20 provides...

Mounir and Naufel al-Hassan
Funding Facility for Economic Reform established to invigorate Iraq’s reform initiatives

Baghdad– The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a project document today in Baghdad with the Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq to establish a Funding Facility for Economic Reform (FFER).  Through the Facility, UNDP will support the Government of Iraq to address key economic challenges and...

Mosul IDPs
Humanitarians fear for the 750,000 civilians in western Mosul

Baghdad- 100 days after military operations to retake Mosul started, humanitarian partners are expressing deep concern about the plight of the estimated 750,000 civilians who are currently living in the western sections of the city where fighting is expected to start in coming weeks. "We are relieved that so many...

CJWG Meeting
During its second meeting, the Criminal Justice Working Group decides to start identifying key priorities for justice reform

Baghdad – Starting to identify key priorities for reforming Iraq’s criminal justice system was the decision made during the second meeting of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) Criminal Justice Working Group (CJWG), held on 24 January 2017 at Al Nahrain Centre for Strategic Studies in Baghdad. Co-chaired by Iraqi...

 conflict related sexual violence
UNDP and UN Women join hands to support local partners in addressing conflict related sexual violence

Duhok– The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women Iraq conducted a three-day training workshop on conflict related sexual violence (CRSV) for 50 representatives of local partners, including legal practitioners, law enforcement officers, social workers, and staff of civil society organizations. ...

NGOs Directorate capacitated
Staff of Iraq’s NGOs Directorate capacitated on excellence in service delivery

Erbil- Over the period of 10-11 and 15-16 January 2017, twenty-eight staff members of the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Directorate of Iraq’s Council of Ministers Secretariat (CoMSec) gathered in Erbil to collectively identify difficulties facing the provision of services to local NGOs and develop tools to...

Local Area Development
EU-LADP extended support in strategic planning to six other Governorates

Missan – Fourty-two officials from Governorates and Provincial Councils of Baghdad, Najaf, Karbala, Wassit, Babel and ThiQar participated in the Provincial Development Planning Process Workshop held from 26 to 29 December 2016 in Missan. The 4-day training was organized under the Local Area Development Programme...

Local Area Development
Beautiful Missan in one day

Missan – More than 10,000 volunteers have participated in “Clean Missan in One Day” Campaign. Volunteers were university and high school students, NGOs, community leaders and members of Missan local Government. Around 500 tonnes of waste have been collected, 800 trash containers distributed, and 4,000 meters of...

Governor of Baghdad
Over 400,000 people including displaced receive clean water in Baghdad thanks to generous funding from Japan

Baghdad –The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governorate of Baghdad have completed the rehabilitation of the primary water supply infrastructure in Al Nahrawan District, where water shortages and lack of clean water have exposed displaced people and the host community to the risk of...

Regional Conference Cairo
Iraq’s security sector reform efforts showcased during Security and Defence Parliamentary Conference in Cairo, regional cooperation to be further reinforced

Cairo- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a Regional Parliamentary Conference on Security Sector Reform from 11-12 December 2016 in Cairo, Egypt, brining together members of Parliamentary Security and Defence Committees (SDCs) from the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU), namely from...

Judge Nigar Erbil
Over 140 partners improved knowledge on sexual and gender based violence through UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme

Erbil/Duhok- As part of UNDP’s commitment to advance the empowerment of women and help to build a resilient society, the Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) joined the global 16 Days of Activism against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) campaign through a series of workshops jointly...

Baghdad RoL workshop
Government and civil society consult on access to justice for IDPs and returnees; recommend mobile courts and multi-service centres

Baghdad- A consultation with representatives of Iraq’s Government and civil society on Improving Access to Justice for Internally Displaced and Returnee Populations was organized on 4 December 2016, at Al Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies in Baghdad. Funded by the Government of Japan and supported by the...

Erbil workshop
Women for Green Iraq platform established to promote gender in disaster risk reduction and environmental policies

Erbil- In collaboration with the Government of Iraq (GoI) and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has organized a training workshop on understanding the role of gender in disaster risk reduction (DRR), environment, and climate change. Held on 28-30 November...

AHDR 2016
Arab Human Development Report 2016: Enabling youth to shape their own future key to progress on development and stability in Arab region

Beirut – Arab countries can achieve a significant leap forward in development, reinforce stability and secure such gains in a sustainable manner, if they urgently prioritize adopting policies that ensure the well-being, productivity, self-determination and good citizenship of their young population, concludes the Arab...

Dar Al-Khibra Training
Legal aid partner capacitated on facilitating access to justice for displaced women

Baghdad- Strategic programming approaches to address sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) through legal aid provision to displaced women in South and Central Iraq was the theme of a workshop held on 28-29 November 2016, to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. The United Nations...

Suli social cohesion workshop
Activists, NGOs and community leaders brainstorm in Sulaimaniyah on promoting social cohesion

Sulaimaniyah– As part of the United Nations Development Programme’s commitment to support social cohesion in Iraq, a three-day workshop has been organized on 25-27 November 2016 in Sulaimaniyah, in partnership with King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID)....

Federica Mogherini
Photo exhibition raises awareness about the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Syria, showcases EU-UNDP partnership

Brussels- A photography exhibition which raises awareness about the ongoing humanitarian and development challenges in Iraq and Syria was organized on 25 November 2016 in the European Commission’s Berlaymont Building in Brussels. In Iraq, which hosts over 200,000 Syrian refugees, Reza Visual Academy, a non-profit...

Baghdad workshop
UNDP helps the Government of Iraq to enhance international cooperation on sustainable management of Euphrates and Tigris Rivers

Baghdad- In collaboration with the Government of Iraq (GoI), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a 3-day workshop on enhancing international cooperation on sustainable management of Euphrates and Tigris Rivers. Held over the period of 13 to 15 November at Al Nahrain Centre for Strategic...

Criminal Justice Working Group Launch
Criminal Justice Working Group launched by Supreme Judicial Council, Office of the National Security Advisor and UNDP

Baghdad- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA), and the Supreme Judicial Council inaugurated and co-chaired the first meeting of the Criminal Justice Working Group (CJWG) for the relevant Iraqi authorities and international partners on 10 November...

Shell Beneficiary Basra
From illiteracy to financial literacy: Karima can now provide for her children and “keep dignity”

Basra, 8 November 2016- Widowed at an early age, raising five children including a disabled son is a tough struggle for an illiterate woman. Now a proud owner of the only minimarket in her neighbourhood, 40-year-old Karima is able to sustain her family. In the sub-district of Al Nashwa in Basra, South of Iraq, Karima...

Press conference after signing
UNDP helps to ensure access to safe water and reliable electricity for over 100,000 people in the Governorate of Erbil

Erbil –The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governorate of Erbil have signed two agreements to rehabilitate key infrastructure in areas hosting thousands of displaced people, including large numbers who have fled from Mosul. With generous funding from the German Development Bank (KfW), UNDP’s...

Legal Committee Workshop
Iraq’s Parliamentary Legal Committee develops plan to strengthen its legislative and oversight role

Sulaimaniyah- A strategic plan for the period of 2016 – 2018, an action plan, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Iraq’s Parliamentary Legal Committee were the outcome of a workshop jointly organized in Sulaimaniyah, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, by the Council of Representatives (CoR) and the United...

IDPs training launch
UNDP and Toyota capacitate displaced Iraqis to join the workforce and contribute to rebuilding the business environment

Erbil – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Toyota Iraq launched a flagship job placement and vocational training programme to provide young, displaced Iraqis with access to sustainable income opportunities. This comes nearly four months after both parties signed an agreement in Erbil, in the...

Erbil COP22 Workshop
UNDP facilitates Iraq’s national preparations to COP22

Sulaimaniyah- In collaboration with Iraq’s Ministry of Health and Environment, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a capacity building workshop on the Paris Climate Agreement and climate risk mitigation through implementation of the country’s poverty reduction strategies. Held in Sulaimaniyah...

UN Staff Day 2016
UNDP Iraq joins the United Nations family in celebrating diversity on UN Staff Day

Baghdad - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) joined the United Nations (UN) family in Iraq and worldwide today to mark the UN Staff Day, first observed in 1953. Staff members gathered in Baghdad and Erbil, amongst other cities, to celebrate their diversity and enjoy good food and music. Celebrations...

LADP Gender Workshop Erbil
EU LADP continues efforts for the integration of gender perspective in local development planning

Erbil – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has concluded a 3-day workshop in Erbil on the integration of gender perspective in local area development planning. Organized under the EU Local Area Development Programme (LADP), implemented by UNDP, the workshop gathered 20 participants from women...

SPAG ToT
A year-long Training of Trainers concludes promising more good governance support to official and civil society bodies

Baghdad - In partnership with the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Directorate of Iraq’s Council of Representatives and the Government of Sweden, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) marked today in Baghdad the conclusion of a one-year Training of Trainers project addressing the needs of...

Inno4Dev Gathering
EU/UNDP Innovation for Development Initiative positions Iraq on the Social Good Summit global map with 6 youth gatherings

Baghdad- Positioning Iraq on the Social Good Summit global map and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the EU/UNDP Innovation for Development Initiative under the Local Area Development Programme (LADP) organized six innovation gatherings in Baghdad, Erbil, Kirkuk,...

I-PSM Erbil Workshop
Efforts continue to mainstream Results-Based Management fundamentals into government planning and monitoring

Erbil – Within the framework of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) support to Iraq’s Government Programme (2014-2018), the sixth round of capacity development workshops was conducted in Erbil over the period of 24 September to 4 October 2016. The objective is to enhance the National Capacity for...

FFER KRG sigining
A new Funding Facility for Economic Reform is being established to accelerate reforms in the Kurdistan Region

Erbil – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement today in Erbil with the Ministry of Planning of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to establish a new Funding Facility for Economic Reform (FFER). FFER will be used to mobilize high-caliber international expertise to support priority...

Korea signing
Third contribution from the Republic of Korea for stabilization in Iraq

Baghdad– The Government of the Republic of Korea has contributed US$3 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  Based on priorities identified by the Government of Iraq and local...

Gender SDGs Baghdad Conference
Leaving No Woman Behind: UNDP and COMSEC collaborate to integrate gender perspective in Iraq’s public sector

Baghdad– In collaboration with Iraq’s Council of Ministers Secretarial (COMSEC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a conference on the integration of gender perspective as a basic pillar of the Sustainable Development Goals (2015 – 2030). Titled Leaving No Woman Behind: Towards...

New Zealand signing
New Zealand contributes to stabilization in Iraq on the eve of the Mosul operation

Baghdad – The Government of New Zealand has contributed US$1 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  Based on priorities identified by the Government of Iraq and local...

Basra SSR Meeting
UNDP and Government of Iraq commence missions to assess rule of law needs and challenges at provincial level

Basra - At the request of the Government of Iraq (GoI), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been helping counterparts to reform the Security Sector and broader Rule of Law priorities in the country. In order to ensure the reform plans are robust and address both national and provincial level...

Rami al-Tamimi
Young Iraqi painter Rami al-Tamimi: “I draw energy from my disability”

Basra, 1 September 2016- Disabled at birth and born to an art loving family in Basra Southern Iraq, Rami al-Tamimi, now 23, has grown into a fine artist. A spinal birth defect has affected his ability to walk. Yet, to Rami, the ancient city of Basra located on the Shatt al-Arab waterway, being part of the historic...

Policing Working Group
Civilian Policing Working Group meets with the participation of Iraq’s Ministry of Interior

Baghdad-  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting the Government of Iraq (GoI) in its efforts on Security Sector Reform (SSR) through a well-established partnership with the Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA). On 29 August, UNDP and ONSA co-chaired the first meeting between the...

MoU Signing
UNDP is proud to support the fight against corruption

Baghdad – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Iraq signed an agreement today in Baghdad to help strengthen the capacity of the Government to detect, investigate and prosecute high-profile and complex corruption cases. The Prime Minister’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Naoufel...

Assessment mission in Ramadi
Norway’s contributions to stabilization efforts in Iraq reach $10.7 million

Baghdad – The Kingdom of Norway has contributed an additional US$3 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). With this contribution, Norway has channelled $10.7 million to UNDP's FFIS...