Parliament members and civil society come together to promote community reconciliation in Iraq

Feb 27, 2016

“Peaceful coexistence amongst the people of Iraq can help eliminate ISIL and the culture it has spread in our society," said H.E. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Photo: UNDP Iraq/2016

Baghdad – Iraq’s Council of Representatives convened a roundtable on 27 February in Baghdad that brought together elected officials and civil society leaders and organizations to discuss the best ways to promote community reconciliation throughout the country and most especially in areas impacted by violence and liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The roundtable was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNAMI Human Rights.  

In his opening speech, H.E. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said: “Peaceful coexistence amongst the people of Iraq can help eliminate ISIL and the culture it has spread in our society. We must live together, and ensure the safe return of internally displaced people to their homes and cities.”

The Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Mr. Salim al-Jabouri, under whose auspices the roundtable was convened said:  “We must start taking serious steps toward social coexistence that is crucial for the liberation and rebuilding of Iraq. 2016 must be the year of social coexistence, and all resources must be harnessed to ensure success, with the support of the United Nations and the international community.”

During the roundtable, elected members of parliament and representatives of civil society organizations discussed concrete mechanisms for supporting inclusive, transparent dialogue and consultation, with special attention to Parliament's role in promoting national reconciliation. Experts on community reconciliation presented papers specially prepared for the roundtable. 

UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande said: “Evidence from around the world shows that when civil society is directly involved in national reconciliation, countries coming out of conflict become stable faster and stability is far more sustainable.” 

“This workshop is organized as part of UNDP’s strategic partnership with the Council of Representatives, and within the cooperative framework,” said UNDP Country Director, Mr. Adam Abdelmoula. “We stand ready to provide support to all entities in Iraq in their efforts to promote community reconciliation and social cohesion.”

Participants discussed concrete actions to be taken by Parliament, Provincial Councils, the Executive branch of government, media and civil society organizations to promote reconciliation at local, provincial and national levels.

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