Press Releases
  • Generous contribution ranks Germany as top contributor to stabilization in Iraq Dec 14, 2017

    Baghdad – The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has contributed an additional US$ 94 million (€80 million) to two major UNDP programmes that are helping to stabilize newly liberated areas – the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP), which promotes recovery and resilience-building. This latest instalment brings Germany’s total contribution to both programmes to $263.2 million, making it the top supporter of UNDP’s work in this area.

  • UNDP trains a pool of civil society master trainers on training assessment and reporting Dec 13, 2017

    Istanbul- “We now have improved knowledge of tools and standards of assessment and reporting on training activities.” This is what one representative of civil society organizations (CSOs), Mrs. Etimad Al-Azzawi, said at the conclusion of a two-day training of master trainers held in Istanbul on 17-18 November 2017. “We used to conduct assessments randomly, but now we are able to proceed within a framework and open space for participation and interaction with other master trainers,” she added.

  • UNDP is helping to strengthen criminal defence in Iraq Dec 13, 2017

    Baghdad- On 25 November 2017, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducted a seminar and workshop in Baghdad for 30 senior criminal defence lawyers of the Iraqi Bar Association. Operating since 1933, the Iraqi Bar Association is a well-established organization with around 107,000 members.

  • 300 young Iraqis introduced to innovative tools to address development challenges Dec 13, 2017

    Baghdad– Over 300 participants, mostly youth, gathered in Baghdad on 12-14 October 2017 to participate in UNDP’s Innovation for Development workshop. Design Thinking and Lean Start-up methodologies were introduced as innovative tools to identify local development challenges and find solutions linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Iraq has adopted in early 2016.

  • ‘Freedom from fear’: Ending violence against women Dec 10, 2017

    New York- Human beings are born free and equal, both in rights and in dignity. This is the fundamental principle enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • KR-I Ministry of Interior presents pilot efforts to simplify access to government administrative services using Information and Communication Technologies Dec 8, 2017

    Erbil- Key Ministers and officials from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) alongside representatives of the private sector, civil society, labour unions, the international community, donors and development agencies convened at a high-level conference yesterday in Erbil on E-Governance and Public Service Centres. The Ministry of Interior of the KR-I organized the conference under the auspices of the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, H.E. Mr. Nechirvan Barzani, and with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • The Netherlands renews commitment to Stabilization in Iraq Nov 29, 2017

    Baghdad– The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Iraq, H.E. Matthijs Wolters, visited the city of Fallujah today accompanied by senior officials from the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Funding Facility for Stabilization in Iraq and the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), to assess progress achieved on the city’s stabilization effort, particularly in the areas of education and health. The Netherlands is the fourth largest donor supporting stabilization work in Iraq, contributing close to US$ 28 million.

  • A new plan for a new era: UN development agency charts course for development in 21st century Nov 28, 2017

    New York- The UN’s development agency, the United Nations Development Programme, today launched a new and ambitious blueprint for development in the 21st century at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

  • New Zealand supports stabilization in Iraq with a second US$1 million contribution Oct 25, 2017

    Baghdad – The Government of New Zealand has contributed an additional US$1 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This brings the New Zealand’s total contribution to FFS to $2 million to date.

  • Italy contributes US$2.7 million to stabilization in Iraq Oct 22, 2017

    Baghdad- The Government of Italy has contributed an additional US$2.7 million (€2.4 million) to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This brings Italy’s total contribution to FFS to almost US$10.6 million (€9.4 million) to date.

  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: Rising inequalities and persistent poverty still pose critical challenges, Steiner says Oct 17, 2017

    New York- This year’s theme for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, “Answering the Call to End Poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”, celebrates the 25 year anniversary of the creation of this international day and the idea behind it: that hunger, lack of education, and violence are not inevitable. That extreme poverty must be something we all strive to eradicate.

  • The Republic of Korea’s support is helping Iraqi returnees Oct 17, 2017

    Baghdad- The Government of the Republic of Korea and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a partnership agreement today for US$4 million to support stabilization and recovery in newly liberated areas in Iraq.

  • Iraqi ministries and NGOs cooperate to broaden the role of women in pursuit of Iraq’s Sustainable Development Goals Oct 3, 2017

    Baghdad – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is providing support to Iraq to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Agenda 2030. As part of a series of activities focusing on the gender perspective, UNDP held a roundtable on 03 October 2017 in Baghdad to discuss the role of women and the way forward.

  • Peace and stability are key to achieving the Global Goals in the Arab States, EU-UNDP report says Oct 2, 2017

    Brussels- First report on the partnership between the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Arab States was released today in Brussels. Entitled “Empowering people and building peaceful societies”, the report showcases results of the many initiatives carried out by the EU and UNDP, impacting the lives of millions of people across the region.

  • UNDP support for renewable energy in Iraq Oct 2, 2017

    Baghdad - To promote sustainable energy in Iraq, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is providing technical and capacity building support to the Government aiming to integrate the renewable energy source of solar photovoltaic in the energy mix to meet the country’s electricity demand. Creating provisions for clean and sustainable energy have become urgent for Iraq to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2016. This support is being channeled under the project “Catalyzing the Use of Solar Photovoltaic Energy”, in partnership with the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

  • Women Minorities Forum taking steps to contribute to recovery and resilience in Iraq Sep 19, 2017

    Erbil- The Women Minorities Forum (WMF), comprised of 20 women from different minorities in Iraq, met for the third time on 17-19 September 2017 in Erbil to discuss the role of women in bringing gender considerations to bear on the resilient recovery process in Iraq. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been providing technical support to the Forum since its establishment in 2016.

  • Iraq is addressing strategic urban development of the Pilgrimage governorates Aug 27, 2017

    Karbala- UN-Habitat and UNDP are helping Iraq to address strategic urban development of the Pilgrimage governorates of Najaf and Karbala. Nearly thirty Iraqi officials convened in the holy city of Karbala, on 22-23 August 2017, to partake in an intensive two-day workshop titled “Governorate Urban Strategies for the Pilgrimage Cluster: Meeting the SDGs in Iraq".

  • Criminal case management course for judges and prosecutors in Ninewah, first of a series of UNDP activities to support effective criminal justice administration in Iraq Aug 26, 2017

    Baghdad- Twelve Iraqi judges and prosecutors from the Governorate of Ninewah successfully completed a criminal case management course held in Baghdad on 25-26 August 2017. UNDP Rule of Law Programme designed and conducted the course collaboratively with the Higher Judicial Council and the Judicial Development Institute.

  • Key water treatment plant reopened in Mosul Aug 22, 2017

    Mosul - The Government of Iraq and UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) officially reopened the Al Qasour Water Treatment Plant at a ceremony yesterday in Mosul.

  • The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and UNDP sign a US$2.8 million funding agreement to promote reconciliation at the community level Aug 15, 2017

    Baghdad- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Embassy in Baghdad signed a cooperation agreement to support civic and community-based reconciliation across Iraq.

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