Head of UN-Habitat Iraq Programme, a.i., Ms. Yuko Otsuki, said: “The rehabilitation of Al Yarmouk Park will be the core of a wide range of public initiatives, environmental actions, cultural events, recreation and sport activities that will benefit Mosul citizens of all ages. In UN-Habitat, we believe that public space plays a crucial role in the creation of socio-economic value, improved health and quality of life in urban areas, as well as a unique opportunity to enhance social inclusion, cohesion and peace-building in cities affected by the recent conflict.”
The Manager of the Programme, Ms. Anna Soave stated that “Al Yarmouk Park has immediately drawn our attention because of its unique size and very dilapidated conditions, in a city where public green space per capita is notoriously well-below average and recommended standards. Public space is a vital component of a prosperous city because of its positive impact on its economy, environment, safety, health, and strong contribution to community cohesion. By involving youth in its redesign as a multi-functional space, Al Yarmouk Park has a strong potential to enhance civic identity, social interaction and cultural expression.”
Al Yarmouk Cleaning Day was launched as a joint initiative of Mosul Municipality, UN-Habitat and Su’ad Mosuliya. Prior to embarking in the cleaning of the park and adjacent streets, municipal workers and volunteers attended risk education sessions delivered by the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and the non-governmental organization, IHSCO.
After the launch, local officials and Mr. Ortega took part to the ceremonial planting of two large palms, making the commencement of the works in the park, and then cheered schoolchildren from nearby schools engaged in a set of running competitions.
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