Press Releases

  • Human Development Report 2016 launched: Youth and women amongst those being left behind as the Arab region develops Mar 21, 2017

    Stockholm- Despite significant progress in human development over the past 25 years, the Arab States region has, amongst developing regions of the world, the highest youth unemployment rate and the lowest share of primary school age children attending school. A stronger focus on youth and others excluded – particularly women and girls, rural dwellers, and those living in conflict-affected areas – is now needed to ensure sustainable human development for all.

  • Peace Weekend in Najaf Mar 15, 2017

    Najaf- Youth are drivers of change in Iraq. A Peace Weekend has been organized in Najaf on 10-11 March 2017, with the support of UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) and generous funding from the Government of Germany.

  • Berevan and Sabiha rebuild their lives after suffering violence and displacement Mar 8, 2017

    Baghdad- Women and girls in Iraq have become more vulnerable as a result of the ongoing conflict and instability, as well as the increasing numbers of refugees and internally displaced people. In response, UNDP has been working with the Government and civil society to raise awareness, address violations, and build preventive mechanisms, specifically related to sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).

  • Helen Clark on International Women’s Day: The time is now to resolve to clear away the barriers to gender equality Mar 8, 2017

    New York- This year, International Women’s Day is devoted to Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. Globalization and technology change are driving that change. It’s important that women are able to succeed in this new world of work.

  • European Union contributes US$14.8 million to stabilization in Iraq Mar 4, 2017

    Baghdad– The European Union (EU) has contributed around US$14.8 million (€14 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).

  • Staff of Iraq’s Council of Representatives capacitated on legal drafting and review Feb 25, 2017

    Sulaimaniyah- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a workshop over the period of 22-25 February 2017 in Sulaimaniyah to help capacitate staff of Iraq’s Council of Representatives (CoR) on legal drafting and review. Titled Principles and Skills of Legislation Review, the workshop was funded by the Government of Denmark under UNDP’s Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance project (SPAG).

  • Iraq’s parliamentary National Reconciliation, Accountability and Justice Committee develops a two-year strategy Feb 21, 2017

    Sulaimaniyah- Continuing support to strengthen the role of Iraq’s Council of Representatives (CoR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) assisted the National Reconciliation, Accountability and Justice Committee to develop an integrated strategy for the current cycle (until 2018) including vision, mission and values. This was finalized during a workshop in Sulaimaniyah on 18-21 February 2017, jointly organized by UNDP’s Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance project (SPAG) and the CoR, and funded by the Government of Denmark.

  • The Netherlands is supporting reforms in the Kurdistan Region with a contribution to its Funding Facility for Economic Reform Feb 16, 2017

    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 Economic Reform (FFER KR-I), jointly launched by the Ministry of Planning and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) late September 2016.

  • Advancing gender mainstreaming for sustainable environmental management in Iraq Feb 13, 2017

    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 13 February 2017 in Baghdad, the workshop was attended by twenty-four gender focal points from various ministries including Health and Environment, Water Resources, Electricity, Defence, Interior, and Culture, in addition to officials from the KRG’s Environmental Protection and Improvement Board (EPIB).

  • Iraq prepares to curb greenhouse gas emissions through development of a roadmap for mitigation action Feb 11, 2017

    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 consultation meeting organized in Erbil by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Health and Environment (MoHE), over the period of 10-11 February 2017.

  • UNDP continues efforts to enhance response to sexual and gender based violence in Iraq Feb 9, 2017

    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 the second workshop on the topic UNDP’s Rule of Law Programme facilitated for the staff of its legal aid implementing partner, Dar Al-Khibra Organization (DKO).

  • Iraq’s Ministry of Interior starts planning for institutional level reforms Feb 7, 2017

    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 the Ministry with the legal basis for such reforms, and focuses on key areas, such as consolidating public order, protecting people's lives, liberties and property against all threats, crime prevention, combating all forms of terrorism, and taking legal action against perpetrators.

  • Funding Facility for Economic Reform established to invigorate Iraq’s reform initiatives Jan 29, 2017

    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).

  • Humanitarians fear for the 750,000 civilians in western Mosul Jan 24, 2017

    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.

  • During its second meeting, the Criminal Justice Working Group decides to start identifying key priorities for justice reform Jan 24, 2017

    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 authorities and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the activity was funded by the Governments of Denmark and the Netherlands.

  • UNDP and UN Women join hands to support local partners in addressing conflict related sexual violence Jan 18, 2017

    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.

  • Staff of Iraq’s NGOs Directorate capacitated on excellence in service delivery Jan 16, 2017

    Erbil, 16 January 2017- 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 excel in service delivery through enhancing customer care skills and coordination to achieve the highest level of satisfaction amongst respective organizations.

  • EU-LADP extended support in strategic planning to six other Governorates Dec 29, 2016

    Missan– Forty-two officials from Governorates and Provincial Councils of Baghdad, Najaf, Karbala, Wassit, Babel and ThiQar participated at the Provincial Development Planning Process Workshop held from 26 to 29 December 2016 in Missan.

  • Beautiful Missan in one day Dec 22, 2016

    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 sewages have been completely cleaned.

  • Over 400,000 people including displaced receive clean water in Baghdad thanks to generous funding from Japan Dec 14, 2016

    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 waterborne diseases.