Press Releases
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • EU reassures commitment to help the people of Iraq “regain hope in their institutions”Apr 14, 2016The National Advisory Committee (NAC) of UNDP’s Local Area Development Programme (LADP) met in Amman today, chaired by the Deputy Minister of Planning from the Federal Government of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Director General for Regional Development, and the European Union (EU) Ambassador in Iraq.

  • The Netherlands provides generous funding to accelerate stabilization and returns in newly liberated areasMar 31, 2016The Kingdom of the Netherlands is giving US$5.69 million (€5 million) to the United Nations Development Programme to support stabilization in areas newly liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

  • UNDP and Japan partner to support stabilization and resilience in IraqMar 28, 2016The Government of Japan is providing US$23.5 million to support the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its work to help stabilize and build resilience in Iraq. Japan’s contribution will be channeled through UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) and through UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP).

  • High level UN mission to Ramadi to launch stabilization activitiesMar 22, 2016The Governor of Anbar, Mr. Sohaib al-Rawi, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, visited Ramadi today to assess conditions and provide urgently needed support to families returning to their homes.

  • Parliament members and civil society come together to promote community reconciliation in IraqFeb 27, 2016Iraq’s Council of Representatives convened a roundtable on 27 February in Baghdad that brought together elected officials and civil society leaders and organizations to discuss the best ways to promote community reconciliation throughout the country and most especially in areas impacted by violence and liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The roundtable was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNAMI Human Rights.

  • UNDP at 50: An investment in UN’s key role in developmentFeb 24, 2016As it marks 50 years at the frontlines of international development, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) should be seen as an investment in the UN’s critical role in helping to build a world free of poverty and inequality, said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

  • Booby-traps are a major impediment preventing the safe return of displaced families to RamadiFeb 22, 2016The United Nations Development Programme, which manages the Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), is deeply worried about the safety of displaced families who want to return to Ramadi.

  • UNDP and Karbala Governorate sign flagship partnership agreementFeb 22, 2016The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governorate of Karbala signed the Karbala Agreement, a flagship partnership aiming at strengthening participatory and accountable governance, developing e-governance, and introducing a platform of services provision. To strengthen the capacities of the Provincial Council and District Councils in development and planning, the agreement further aims at developing coordination mechanisms between the local and federal levels of Government.

  • UNDP turns 50: Storytelling contest launched in Iraq to boost development coverageFeb 21, 2016As the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, the Country Office in Iraq launched today a storytelling contest, #DevStories, with the objective of raising public awareness on development challenges the country is facing and the tangible impact of UNDP’s work.

  • Workshop prioritizes initiatives of the Government Programme to feed into annual work planningFeb 18, 2016A two-day workshop held on 17 and 18 February in Baghdad has identified criteria for prioritizing initiatives under the six pillars of Iraq’s Government Programme (2014-2018). The Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Office organized the event, supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • Dozens of Iraqi officials capacitated as future trainers in the Anti-Corruption AcademyFeb 6, 2016Under the Institutional Development of the Iraqi Anti-Corruption Academy project of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), a second round of capacity building training workshops was concluded on 6 February in Istanbul.

  • Adapting SDGs to the Iraqi context introduced to development and planning officialsFeb 5, 2016As the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has come into effect on 1 January 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a capacity building workshop for 28 Iraqi officials, titled Good Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Capacity building initiative launched to enhance institutional readiness for developmentJan 31, 2016Within the framework of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) support to Iraq’s Government Programme (2014-2018), a capacity development initiative was launched on 31 January to enhance the institutional readiness and build national capacity in planning, monitoring and evaluation for development results. Under UNDP’s Iraq Public Sector Modernization (I-PSM) Programme, the initiative will further support the Government in its efforts to adopt and mainstream Results-Based Management fundamentals into the programme cycle management.

  • UNDP’s governing body convenes at start of crucial first year for 2030 Development AgendaJan 25, 2016The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Executive Board, the Organization’s governing body, was in New York City today for its first meeting of 2016, at the start of the year which marks the formal launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals aimed at ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change by 2030.

  • Government officials trained on humanitarian standards and crisis management in ErbilJan 19, 2016The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a training workshop in Erbil on Humanitarian Principles and Crisis Management for the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center (JCMC), the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) and their respective government networks. Over the period of 17 to 19 January, twenty-three Government officials received, from RedR UK, training funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID).

  • Norway contributes additional funding to help stabilize newly liberated areas in IraqJan 19, 2016The Kingdom of Norway has contributed an additional US$2.8 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 is the second contribution from the Kingdom of Norway in recent months, and will be dedicated to restoring livelihoods for people returning home.

  • The Czech Republic contributes funding to help stabilize Iraq’s newly liberated areasJan 14, 2016The Czech Republic has contributed US$200,000 to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) which channels fast-track support to help rehabilitate civic infrastructure, kick-start local economies, boost government capacity and promote community reconciliation.