Baghdad, 17 October 2017 - The Government of the Republic of Korea and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a partnership agreement today for US$4 million to support stabilization and recovery in newly liberated areas in Iraq.
Korea’s contribution will be channeled through UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas retaken from ISIL. This is Korea’s fourth contribution since 2015 to FFS.
We have been asked this morning about the situation in and around Kirkuk. And I can tell you that of course the Secretary General is following very closely developments in Kirkuk Governorate. He appeals to the federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to take coordinated steps to prevent and avoid further clashes, escalation, or breakdown of law and order. He calls on the parties to jointly manage the situation and resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue in a manner that is consistent with the Constitution of Iraq.
Baghdad, 15 October 2017 – Tribal representatives, religious leaders, academics, political party representatives and civil society representatives from Baghdad, Wasit and Salaheddin Provices met on Saturday in Baghdad in the second of a series of roundtable discussions under the theme ”National Settlement: Prospects and Challenges” aiming at creating an enabling environment for Iraqi national reconciliation.
Baghdad, 13 October 2017 - The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and UN Women jointly organized the Global Open Day on UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in Karbala in coordination with the National Reconciliation Committee of the Office of the Prime Minister.
How Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are treated in terms of getting access to food, shelter and medical services and whether their rights to enjoy these basic rights are not being violated, is a forefront activity of the UNAMI Human Rights Office, under its work on protection of civilians.
Thousands of Iraqi families continue to live in different displacement camps after ISIL invaded their homes and communities in June 2014. While some have returned to retaken areas, the camps still register new displaced individuals including women and children.
Kalar/Garmiyan Administration, Iraq, 3 October 2017 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO), within its programme of technical support to civil society organizations, launched a “Training of Trainers on Training Methodologies in the Field of Human Rights Promotion and Coexistence” in Jalawla District/Diyala.
We have been asked in recent days about our efforts to deal with the authorities in Baghdad and Erbil. And I can say that we welcome efforts to resolve the issues between Baghdad and Erbil based on the Constitution, notably the intervention of the religious authority Ayatollah [Ali] al-Sistani last Friday that urged respect for the Constitution and the Supreme Federal Court’s decision as regards to the referendum.
Baghdad, 01 October 2017 – A total of 203 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 389 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in September 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
The number of civilians killed in September (not including police) was 196, while the number of injured (not including police) was 381. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals.
In response to questions asked about the referendum in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the Spokesman said that the Secretary-General notes that the referendum was unilaterally declared, included disputed areas under the control of the Peshmerga, and was opposed by the Iraqi constitutional authorities, Iraq's neighbors, and the international community.
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.
Baghdad, Iraq – 21 September 2017 - International Day of Peace in Baghdad was a time to remember the sacrifices made in the fight to defeat the terrorist Daesh and an occasion to hope and believe in peace, through music and poetry, symbolizing the love for life and a better future.
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.
Council members note that the planned referendum is scheduled to be held while counter-ISIL (Da’esh) operations – in which Kurdish forces have played a critical role – are ongoing, and could detract from efforts to ensure the safe, voluntary return of over three million refugees and internally displaced persons.
Baghdad, Iraq, 17 September 2017 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has been informed of an explosion that killed a number of people, including members of the Popular Mobilization Units and civilians, in a village west of Mosul today.
Baghdad, Iraq, 14 September 2017 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, condemns in the strongest terms the cowardly twin attacks carried out by the terrorist Daesh on a restaurant and a security checkpoint in Nassiriya, southern Iraq, which resulted in numerous civilian casualties, including many pilgrims.
The SRSG extends his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
Baghdad, 01 September 2017 – A total of 125 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 188 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in August 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
The number of civilians killed in August (not including police) was 116, while the number of injured (not including police) was 181.
Baghdad, 1 September 2017 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, extends his warmest wishes to Muslims across Iraq for a peaceful and joyous Eid al-Adha.
“As we wish you peace and prosperity on this blessed occasion, our thoughts and prayers go to all the martyrs and fighters of all liberating forces, to all those that provided support, to all civilians affected by the conflict, notably to the millions of displaced who are celebrating the Eid in IDP camps,” he stated.
Baghdad, 31 August 2017 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, congratulated the people and Government of Iraq on the liberation of Tal Afar from the terrorist Daesh.
“Coming weeks after the liberation of Mosul, this great victory in Tal Afar represents another major defeat for Daesh and terrorism and one more nail in the coffin of the terrorist group,” Mr. Kubiš said.
Mosul, 30 August 2017 - The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG), Gyorgy Busztin, visited Mosul on 29 August 2017 where he met with the Governor Nawfal al-Sultan, Ninawa Provincial Council chairman Basshar al-Kiki, and a number of Provincial Council members. Separately, he conducted meetings with the head of the KDP branch in Mosul, Esmat Rajab, and Abdullah al-Nujaifi in his capacity of political advisor to the United for Reform.
Baghdad, 29 August 2017 – The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG), Gyorgy Busztin, condemns in the strongest terms the two terrorist bombings in Baghdad on Monday, 28 August 2017, that resulted in numerous casualties.
Two blasts occurred - an improvised explosive device (IED) at al-Yusufiya region, in south of Baghdad, and a car exploded at Jamila region, located in Sadr city, in east of Baghdad.
The DSRSG extends his sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes the injured speedy recovery.