Press Releases
  • Hundreds of families to benefit from UNDP’s new partnership with Toyota IraqJul 17, 2016The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Toyota Iraq signed a flagship agreement today in Erbil to train and place hundreds of displaced people in jobs. This new partnership brings together one of the world’s leading car companies, Toyota, and UNDP, which is actively working to improve conditions for the more than 3.4 million Iraqis who have been displaced by the conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

  • EU funded cleaning campaign collects more than 2,500 tonnes of garbage from Kurdistan Region of IraqJun 16, 2016More than 2,500 tonnes of garbage were collected yesterday from the Governorates of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq- Erbil, Sulaimaniyah, Duhok and Halabja- as a result of the Let us Clean Kurdistan in One-Day campaign funded by the European Union. With the objective of raising awareness on conservation of the environment, the campaign was supported by UNDP’s EU Local Area Development Programme (LADP), and organized by the Ministry of Municipality and Tourism of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kurdistan Region Governorates, in collaboration with Clean Organization Environment Friends (COEF).

  • UNDP partners with a Canadian non-profit institution to advance Iraq’s crises management abilityJun 12, 2016The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Canadian non-profit Institute on Governance (IoG) signed a partnership agreement in Baghdad that aims at advancing Iraq’s crises management ability. Accordingly, UNDP will support IoG to implement Fiscal Federalism, Decentralization and Resilience Building Project, a joint effort to help Iraq to become a stable, federal democracy with sustainable economic growth.

  • Italy provides additional funding to stabilization activities in liberated areasJun 5, 2016The Italian Republic is contributing an additional US$4.91 million (€4.5 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 follows a contribution of $2.72 million (€2.5 million) in December 2015, and brings the total funds channeled through the Italian Agency for International Cooperation (AICS) to $7.63 million (€7 million).

  • Support to improve government services continues through training to re-engineer work systems and delivery modelsJun 2, 2016As part of its support to the Government of Iraq to facilitate effective and efficient access to quality and responsive government services for citizens, UNDP Iraq's Public Sector Modernization (I-PSM) Programme conducted a 5-day workshop on Simplification of Work Systems, Procedures and Service Delivery Models at National and Sub-national Levels. Organized in Amman, this second round in a series of capacity development workshops was built on results achieved in workshops held in October 2015.

  • Join "Let us Clean Kurdistan in One Day" campaign on 15 JuneMay 31, 2016Let us Clean Kurdistan in One Day campaign is organized by Ministry of Municipality and Tourism of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Kurdistan Region Governorates, and EU Local Area Development Programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the European Union (EU). The campaign takes place on 5 June 2016 in all Kurdistan Region Governorates: Erbil, Sulaimaniyah, Duhok and Halabja.

  • Duhok launches its 2-year Provincial Development Strategy supported by the EU and UNDPMay 29, 2016The Governorate of Duhok launched its Provincial Development Strategy 2016-2018 in a ceremony organized in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union (EU), and NOREL non-governmental organization. Conceptualized with the support of UNDP’s EU funded Local Area Development Programme (LADP), the Strategy seeks progress in six areas: Multi-sector economy, geographical location, governmental services, investment environment, administrative and financial efficiency, and human resources.

  • JCC agrees on action priorities for effective crises management and emergency response in KurdistanMay 18, 2016The Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) convened a two-day conference on 17 and18 May in Erbil, bringing together more than 60 representatives of government institutions and offices. Initiated by the JCC and endorsed by the Council of Ministers, the conference consolidated action priorities to improve coordination, build domestic expertise and enhance efficiency in resource mobilization and utilization for effective crises management and emergency response.

  • Finland contributes funding to accelerate stabilization in newly liberated areasMay 16, 2016The Republic of Finland is providing US$1,13 million (€1 million) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support stabilization in areas newly liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

  • More volunteers trained to support EU/UNDP’s Innovation for Development InitiativeMay 13, 2016Under the Local Area Development Programme (LADP) funded by the European Union (EU), a volunteers’ training and introduction workshop on Innovation for Development has been organized over the period of 11 to 13 May in Erbil. The initiative implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) promotes business and social entrepreneurship through methods such as Design Thinking and the Business Model Canvas in order to familiarize young entrepreneurs with these concepts and their applications.

  • Community Development Centre and Park inaugurated in Kurani Ainkawa, ErbilMay 9, 2016To mark the closure of a comprehensive informal settlement upgrading intervention in Erbil, a community development centre and a neighbourhood park were opened today in Kurani Ainkawa. The Improving Housing Delivery System in Erbil - Upgrading of Kurani Ainkawa Informal Settlement project is funded by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and implemented by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • Germany contributes an additional $3.9 million to help stabilize newly liberated areas in IraqMay 6, 2016Germany has contributed an additional US$3.9 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 contribution brings Germany’s total financing of the Facility to $16 million.

  • Women Minorities Forum established to promote rights, inclusiveness and participation in community reconciliationApr 30, 2016The role of women in promoting the protection of minority rights and participation in public policies and community reconciliation in Iraq was the theme of a three-day workshop organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) over the period of 28-30 April in Amman, Jordan.

  • 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.

  • Workshop in Baghdad to empower additional civil society representatives to influence public policiesApr 26, 2016To promote strategic partnerships between civil society organizations (CSOs) and legislative institutions in Iraq, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a training workshop on 26 April in Baghdad targeting 18 representatives of local CSOs. This training came under UNDP’s Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance programme (SPAG), funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Government of Denmark.

  • 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).