Press Releases

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Over 140 partners improved knowledge on sexual and gender based violence through UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme Dec 8, 2016

    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 funded with the Government of Japan.

  • Government and civil society consult on access to justice for IDPs and returnees; recommend mobile courts and multi-service centres Dec 4, 2016

    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 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), thirteen participants identified priorities and practical ways to improve access to justice through legal aid in a post-liberation Iraq context.

  • Women for Green Iraq platform established to promote gender in disaster risk reduction and environmental policies Nov 30, 2016

    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 2016 in Erbil, the training targeted 35 gender focal points from various ministries in Iraq, including the Ministry of Health and Environment and five Directors from the Environment Protection and Improvement Board (EPIB) of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

  • Arab Human Development Report 2016: Enabling youth to shape their own future key to progress on development and stability in Arab region Nov 29, 2016

    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 Human Development Report (AHDR) 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched here today.

  • Legal aid partner capacitated on facilitating access to justice for displaced women Nov 29, 2016

    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 Development Programme (UNDP) organized the workshop under its Rule of Law Programme, with funding from the Government of Japan.

  • Photo exhibition raises awareness about the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Syria, showcases EU-UNDP partnership Nov 25, 2016

    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.

  • UNDP helps the Government of Iraq to enhance international cooperation on sustainable management of Euphrates and Tigris Rivers Nov 15, 2016

    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.

  • Criminal Justice Working Group launched by Supreme Judicial Council, Office of the National Security Advisor and UNDP Nov 10, 2016

    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 2016 at Al Nahrain Centre for Strategic Studies in Baghdad. The Working Group has the objective of improving national and international coordination and partner engagement, as well as seeking international assistance to Criminal Justice sector in Iraq.