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  • JCC agrees on action priorities for effective crises management and emergency response in KurdistanMay 18, 2016The Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) convened a two-day conference on 17 and18 May in Erbil, bringing together more than 60 representatives of government institutions and offices. Initiated by the JCC and endorsed by the Council of Ministers, the conference consolidated action priorities to improve coordination, build domestic expertise and enhance efficiency in resource mobilization and utilization for effective crises management and emergency response.

  • Finland contributes funding to accelerate stabilization in newly liberated areasMay 16, 2016The Republic of Finland is providing US$1,13 million (€1 million) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support stabilization in areas newly liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

  • More volunteers trained to support EU/UNDP’s Innovation for Development InitiativeMay 13, 2016Under the Local Area Development Programme (LADP) funded by the European Union (EU), a volunteers’ training and introduction workshop on Innovation for Development has been organized over the period of 11 to 13 May in Erbil. The initiative implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) promotes business and social entrepreneurship through methods such as Design Thinking and the Business Model Canvas in order to familiarize young entrepreneurs with these concepts and their applications.

  • Community Development Centre and Park inaugurated in Kurani Ainkawa, ErbilMay 9, 2016To mark the closure of a comprehensive informal settlement upgrading intervention in Erbil, a community development centre and a neighbourhood park were opened today in Kurani Ainkawa. The Improving Housing Delivery System in Erbil - Upgrading of Kurani Ainkawa Informal Settlement project is funded by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and implemented by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • Germany contributes an additional $3.9 million to help stabilize newly liberated areas in IraqMay 6, 2016Germany has contributed an additional US$3.9 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). This contribution brings Germany’s total financing of the Facility to $16 million.

  • Women Minorities Forum established to promote rights, inclusiveness and participation in community reconciliationApr 30, 2016The role of women in promoting the protection of minority rights and participation in public policies and community reconciliation in Iraq was the theme of a three-day workshop organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) over the period of 28-30 April in Amman, Jordan.

  • Ministerial meeting assesses reforms in building systems for the Kurdistan Region of IraqApr 26, 2016The progress achieved under the project Establishing a Building Control Regime for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), was discussed in a ministerial meeting today in Erbil. Ministers of Planning, Municipalities and Tourism, Housing and Construction, Head of Board of Investment, and Governor of Erbil attended the meeting.

  • Workshop in Baghdad to empower additional civil society representatives to influence public policiesApr 26, 2016To promote strategic partnerships between civil society organizations (CSOs) and legislative institutions in Iraq, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a training workshop on 26 April in Baghdad targeting 18 representatives of local CSOs. This training came under UNDP’s Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance programme (SPAG), funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Government of Denmark.

  • Erbil marks the launch of its Provincial Development Strategy 2016-2018 with a breathtaking audiovisual performance at the historic CitadelApr 20, 2016At an official ceremony at Erbil's historic Citadel, the Governorate of Erbil launched its Provincial Development Strategy. The ceremony was presided over by H.E. Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Mr. Nechirvan Barzani, and attended by members of the Council of Ministers, diplomatic corps and the Erbil Government. H.E. Governor of Erbil, Mr. Nawzad Hadi, presented the provincial strategy.

  • The United Arab Emirates provides a generous contribution to help stabilize Iraq’s liberated areasApr 19, 2016The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is contributing US$10 million to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to help accelerate the stabilization of areas newly liberated from Daesh.