The United Arab Emirates provides a generous contribution to help stabilize Iraq’s liberated areasApr 19, 2016
Abu Dhabi – The 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.
The UAE contribution will be allocated to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), and will be used to rehabilitate civic infrastructure, including hospitals and schools. Also, the project will support community development initiatives.
Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, stated: “The UAE believes in the importance of bringing stabilization, peace and prosperity to the Iraqi people, especially those who have been affected by violence and terrorism. We look forward to working with UNDP and seeing improvements in the lives of Iraqi families returning to their liberated home areas.”
UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, said during a signing ceremony today in Abu Dhabi: “Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are ready to return home to newly liberated areas. This generous contribution will allow us to quickly improve conditions in key cities including Ramadi, where many neighbourhoods have been extensively damaged. We are hugely grateful to the United Arab Emirates for extending this support to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.”
Established in June 2015, FFIS is currently working in nine newly liberated areas in Anbar, Salah al-Din, Ninewah and Diyala Governorates. FFIS has started work in Ramadi where widespread destruction and contamination of booby-traps have slowed stabilization and the return of displaced families.
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