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24 May 2017 description

BAGHDAD - Iraqi youth from Sulaymaniyah and Diwaniyah to Baashiqa and al-Kut are hoping that the recommendations promoting tolerance and reconciliation they have adopted at the series of meetings of the “Iraq: Youth and Coexistence” over the past four months will climb to the national agenda as the country prepares to tackle the challenges in the period after the defeat of Daesh terrorists.

But mindful of past experiences, some fear that these hopes could diminish and their voices drown in the quicksand of Iraq’s political polarization and economic realities.

24 May 2017 description

24 May 2017 – The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean convened a meeting for delegates of countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region as a side event at the Seventieth World Health Assembly. The meeting discussed the Sustainable Development Goals, polio eradication and emergencies.

Sustainable Development Goals

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Baghdad, 24 May 2017 - A national conference bringing together civil society representatives to gauge the political aspirations of Iraqis for the post-Daesh phase and to promote the merits of national reconciliation convened in Baghdad today, drawing from the findings of a series of cross-country roundtable discussions by academics, journalists, activists as well as tribal and religious leaders over the past five months.

24 May 2017 description


New report shows only a small fraction of official development assistance goes toward ending violence against children For the first time, a review of official development assistance (ODA) to end violence against children has been done. The report Counting Pennies found that in 2015, total ODA spending was $174 billion and of that, less than 0.6 per cent was allocated to ending violence against children.

24 May 2017 description


  • The quantity and quality of food consumed by people in Mosul has deteriorated, according to WFP’s latest mobile assessment. This is due to conflict in western Mosul and lack of purchasing power in eastern Mosul.

  • Security and safe access to beneficiaries remains a key concern following attacks on WFP distributions in western Mosul at the end of April. WFP continues to monitor the security situation.

24 May 2017 description


  • In April, WFP assisted 12,879 people with full entitlements and 15,811 with partial entitlements (8,033 woman 6,025 girls, 8,034 men and 6,598 boys).

Operational Updates

  • In April, 247 mt of locally purchased wheat flour, as well as 57 mt of locally purchased fortified vegetable oil were delivered to the settlements.

24 May 2017 description
report Save the Children

According to UNHCR 5,052,283 have now fled Syria. More than 2.5 million of them fled in 2014 alone. During the course of 2014, an average of more than 98 people fled every day. In 2015 more than 1.1 million Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 7,130 per day. Children now make up 47.5% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,399,834 refugee children in the region.


24 May 2017 description


374,064 Internally displaced Iraqis verified as being currently displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city began on 17 October 2016

487,000 IDPs, returnees and members of the host community from Mosul and surrounding areas assisted by UNHCR since 17 October 2016.

13,125 family plots currently occupied out of 18,736 family plots (for some 106,000 people) in UNHCR built camps ready to receive IDPs displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas

24 May 2017 description

734,942 People displaced, cumulatively, from Mosul city as of 22 May

582,369 people currently displaced from western Mosul as of 22 May

8,733 Fully-serviced family plots immediately available to shelter displaced people at 19 sites as of 22 May

4,500 m³ water trucked and distributed daily by humanitarian partners to Mosul city

some 12,500 people transferred from frontline areas to hospitals for trauma injuries treatment as of 20 May

24 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

UN Security Council should strengthen call for justice

(New York, May 24, 2017) – Deadly attacks on hospitals and medical workers in conflicts around the world remain uninvestigated and unpunished a year after the United Nations Security Council called for greater action, Human Rights Watch said today.

24 May 2017 description

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget request for USAID defends our national security interests and addresses the challenges to American leadership abroad.

23 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Violence disrupting children’s access to health services, safe water and sanitation

AMMAN, 24 May 2017 – Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa have put in jeopardy the health of 24 million children in Yemen, Syria, the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Libya and Sudan. Damage to health infrastructure is depriving children of essential health care. Water and sanitation services have been compromised, causing waterborne diseases to spread while preventative health care and nutritious food are insufficient to meet children’s needs.

23 May 2017 description
report Cordaid

Now that military operations move closer to the Old City in Western Mosul, Cordaid has stepped up its aid efforts. 2 km away from the frontline, we managed to distribute aid kits to 2250 displaced people who narrowly escaped heavy fighting. Our colleague Diyar Khosnaw was on the ground. “I hardly ever cry. This time I did. One woman had not eaten for six days.”

23 May 2017 description


In 2016, different humanitarian actors came together prior to the World Humanitarian Summit to develop the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. Despite the milestone that the Charter represents, most of its recommendations are not being implemented in the field, especially in the Iraq humanitarian response, even by organisations that endorsed it.