Press Releases
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Women Leaders Forums launched in Basra and MissanJan 11, 2016Two Women Leaders Forums (WLF) were launched in the cities of Basra and Missan on 10 and 11 January, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and local authorities.

  • Denmark contributes $3.3 million to support participatory and accountable governance, security sector reform and stabilization in IraqDec 24, 2015The Kingdom of Denmark has signed a US$3.3 million contribution agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support participatory and accountable governance, security sector reform and stabilization projects in Iraq. Denmark’s generous contribution will be earmarked for three projects: Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance, Support to Security Sector Reform Phase II, and the Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization. These three initiatives are part of UNDP’s support for Government efforts to build a more secure, prosperous and democratic Iraq.

  • Italy contributes $2.72 million for stabilization in IraqDec 23, 2015The Italian Republic has contributed US$2.72 million (2.5 million euros) 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 in Iraq. This agreement formalizes part of a larger $7.63 million (7 million euros) pledge that Italy has made in support of stabilization activities, which have recently been expanded in the Governorates of Salah al-Din, Diyala, Ninewah and Anbar.

  • UNDP is accelerating its resilience and stabilization work thanks to a $33 million contribution from GermanyDec 22, 2015The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Development Bank (KfW) signed financing agreements for contributions totaling US$33 million from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to support stabilization in newly liberated areas and resilience programmes across Iraq.

  • The Republic of Korea is generously providing more funding to help stabilize newly liberated areas in IraqDec 21, 2015The Republic of Korea is contributing a further US$1 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) to finance fast-track initiatives in areas of Iraq liberated from the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Republic of Korea has already contributed to FFIS earlier in the year. The new donation will be used to repair civic infrastructure, including schools and primary healthcare centres, in newly liberated areas in Diyala, Salah al-Din and Anbar Governorates.

  • After months of forced closure due to ISIL’s occupation Tikrit University celebrates reopening for the 2015-2016 termDec 16, 2015In cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Tikrit University hosted an event on 16 December to commemorate its reopening for the 2015-2016 academic year.

  • Karbala local government announces plans for local volunteer platformDec 16, 2015Celebrating International Volunteer Day, the Karbala Local Government announced its commitment to promoting, supporting and harnessing local volunteer activities and infrastructure as critical tools in achieving local development goals of the governorate.

  • Unlocking work opportunities for youth and women key to human development progress in the Arab StatesDec 14, 2015Human development levels are improving across the Arab States, but having highest youth unemployment rate and lowest female labour force participation worldwide constrains region’s progress, says the 2015 Human Development Report.

  • UNDP awarded in recognition of its leading role in responding to Dohuk’s humanitarian emergencyDec 13, 2015In recognition of its leading role in responding to the Governorate of Dohuk’s Humanitarian Emergency appeal, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Governor of Dohuk in a ceremony held on 13 December in the city.

  • Basra concludes 16 Days of Activism against GBV by promoting resilience through educationDec 10, 2015Organizing activities to promote resilience through education, the city of Basra joined different Iraqi cities in marking the 16 day-global campaign against gender-based violence (GBV). The campaign started on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and concluded on 10 December as the world celebrated Human Rights Day.

  • Sweden contributes $4 million to help stabilize newly liberated areas in IraqDec 8, 2015In a ceremony in Baghdad today, Sweden signed a US$4 million agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support stabilization in newly liberated areas of Iraq. The contribution, provided to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), will help thousands of people as they try to restart their lives in areas which have been retaken from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

  • Karbala stands for resilient women to mark international campaign against GBVDec 7, 2015As part of its activities to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November-10 December), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a seminar at the University of Karbala on 7 December, in cooperation with the Center of Gender Studies at the university and the Gender Unit of the local government.

  • UNDP trains SGBV service providers in the Kurdistan RegionDec 3, 2015To address the issue of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) amongst the refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting seven Vulnerability Monitoring and Legal Aid Centres in the region.

  • Dreams of young entrepreneurs on way to come true supported by UNDP and Zain IraqNov 28, 2015As part of its continuous efforts to empower youth, and in collaboration with Zain Iraq, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized the Innovation for Development forum on 28 November in Baghdad. It is the third of a series of activities that aim to help youth in the country start their own projects through capacity building, training on Design Thinking and the Business Model Canvas, and providing linkages to explore financial, logistical, and technical support opportunities.

  • 16 Days of Activism to eliminate gender-based violence launchedNov 25, 2015Iraq joined the United Nations and the rest of the world today to mark the start of the world campaign for 16 Days to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence. The campaign continues until 10 December when the world celebrates Human Rights Day. The 16 days against gender-based violence puts the human rights of women and girls at the center of world and Iraqi attention.