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25 Sep 2017 description

SG/SM/18724

The following statement was issued by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General is concerned about the potentially destabilizing effects of today’s referendum in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

The Secretary-General respects the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Iraq and considers that all outstanding issues between the federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government should be resolved through structured dialogue and constructive compromise.

25 Sep 2017 description

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has announced the displacement of more than 350 families from different areas of Hawejah district, and they have been received at Haj Ali camp. “The IRCS's relief teams have received during the past two days more than 378 displaced families from different areas of Hawjah and Sherqat district" said Mr. Haider Qassim, the official of the IRCS's relief teams.

25 Sep 2017 description
report Save the Children

A dramatic increase in the numbers of refugees arriving to the Greek islands is creating high levels of overcrowding, leading to squalid living conditions.

Arrivals to the islands are now at their highest rate since March 2016.

Trapped in refugee camps, up to 16 people are forced to sleep in five-person tents while babies have to sleep on the floor.

This level of overcrowding puts children at immense risk. There have been reports of violent outbreaks in some camps, including abuse against children.

25 Sep 2017 description
report European Union

In August, there were approximately 12 200 detections of illegal border crossings on the four main migratory routes into the EU as the number of migrants arriving in Italy fell by almost two-thirds from the previous month. Meanwhile, Spain continued to see the heavy migratory pressure.

The total number of detections on the four main migratory routes in the first eight months of 2017 fell by two-thirds from the same period of last year to approximately 142 700.

Central Mediterranean

25 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • Syria: During the reporting period, IOM’s health interventions reached over 30,000 beneficiaries with primary healthcare, mobility aids, dialysis kits, hearing aid services, and diabetic measurement devices. Furthermore, the Miznaz Reception Centre in Atareb was declared open to receive IDPs on 25 August.

25 Sep 2017 description

Key figures

823,260 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.

703,000 IDPs, returnees and members of the host community from Mosul and surrounding areas assisted by UNHCR since 17 October 2016.

24 Sep 2017 description

Military operations to retake Hawija district and surrounding areas, which began on 21 September, have to date displaced more than 2,400 individuals from Hawija, Kirkuk governorate and Shirqat, Salah al-Din governorate. The majority displaced to Ninewa governorate, including 1,700 individuals bussed by Iraqi authorities to IOM’s Haj Ali emergency site 60 km south of Mosul.

Most of these recently displaced people arrived to a secure area after fleeing their towns and villages, many walking five to 10 hours through desert lands, leaving them dehydrated and exhausted.

24 Sep 2017 description
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Baghdad, Iraq, 23 September 2017 - Senior media professionals in Iraq adopted the “Code of the National Media on Peaceful Coexistence” at a conference in Baghdad with a view to support the process of national reconciliation in the post-Daesh phase.

24 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

AG/11952

Assemblée générale Plénière
Soixante-douzième session, 19e à 22e séances plénières, Matin, après-midi & soir,

Le Ministre des affaires étrangères de la République populaire démocratique de Corée affirme que son programme nucléaire est purement dissuasif

Moyen-Orient, Soudan du Sud, Yémen, Myanmar et essor du terrorisme: face à la multiplication des conflits et des défis sur la scène internationale, de nombreux États Membres ont appelé aujourd’hui à une réforme urgente de l’Organisation des Nations Unies.

24 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11952

General Assembly Plenary
Seventy-second Session, 19th to 22nd Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

Small Island States Concerned about Access to Financial Markets, Illegal Fishing

Security, human rights and international law took centre stage at the General Assembly today, with States diverging over how best to preserve their stability in the face of existential threats, as the 193-member body entered the fifth day of its annual high-level debate.

23 Sep 2017 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children warns of extreme danger to tens of thousands of children as Iraqi and coalition forces launch an offensive on ISIS stronghold of Hawija.

Friday, 22 September 2017 - 1:40pm Aram Shakaram, Save the Children's Deputy Country Director in Iraq, said:

"Up to 30,000 children in Hawija are in extreme danger, and are being subjected to bombing and fighting as the offensive to oust ISIS from one of its last urban strongholds in Iraq begins.

23 Sep 2017 description
report World Bank
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Baghdad, September 20, 2017 - The World Bank Group (WBG) has concluded today a series of consultations with various stakeholder groups around its forthcoming Iraq Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for the period 2018-2022 which lays out the main country development goals that the WBG aims to help Iraq achieve, and proposes a program of strategic interventions for this purpose.

23 Sep 2017 description
report Kuwait News Agency

IRBIL, Sept 22 (KUNA) -- Kuwait distributed 75 tons of food and drinking water for displaced Iraqis in Mosul and Dahuk governorate on Friday.

The items were delivered to 2,000 displaced Iraqi families living in poor conditions, head of Dahuk office at Barzani Charitable Society Waheed Saleem told KUNA.

He hailed Kuwait's continuous aid that saved the lives of many displaced Iraqi children facing lack of food.
The aid is part of the "Kuwait beside you" campaign, provided by Kuwait's Al-Najat Charity.

22 Sep 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13002

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Tekeda Alemu (Ethiopia):

The members of the Security Council expressed concern over the potentially destabilizing impact of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s plans to unilaterally hold a referendum next week.

22 Sep 2017 description

21 September 2017

The battle for Mosul has taken a staggering toll on the people of Iraq’s second largest city, particularly on those who recently escaped from inside western Mosul, where extremely intense fighting inflicted high number of casualties and deprived the population of access to assistance for several months. Health needs are shifting from war injuries to medical cases and long-term rehabilitation care.

West Mosul

22 Sep 2017 description

When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) arrived in Al-Udheim in early 2014, the town experienced large-scale displacement as people fled north to safety in Kirkuk Governorate and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.