UNICEF thanks the people of Germany for their continued support to the children of Iraq

Years of conflict have severely curtailed the rights of children in Iraq. Their rights to protection from violence, education and access to safe drinking water are under assault from nearly every direction.

“UNICEF is working with partners like the German government to champion the rights of Iraqi children and to ensure they have every opportunity to fulfill their potential,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF’s representative to Iraq.

A new contribution of 23 million USD from the German government will enable UNICEF to deliver educational services to some 265,000 children who may have missed school for a year or more. The generous contribution will also be used to repair damaged water networks in conflict affected communities, so that families can return to their homes.

“The extent of violence and poverty faced by Iraqi children because of the long-lasting conflict is deeply concerning,” said Dr.
Cyrill Nunn, the German Ambassador in Iraq.

“Children are abused, abducted, injured or even killed without a chance to escape this cycle of violence and despair on their own. I am pleased that the German Government can support UNICEF in addressing the most urgent needs of these children, be it through protection, education or lifesaving water and sanitation,” Dr. Nunn added.

Over 3 million Iraqis are currently displaced. During the past year, more than one million people —half of them children—have been displaced as the result of the conflict in Ninewa, Anbar and Kirkuk governorates. Nearly 200,000 of those children are still displaced and receiving on-going humanitarian assistance.

(Source: UNICEF)

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraqi Kurdistan:

(Source: UN)

UNDP and UNICEF to promote emergency preparedness amongst children in Iraq

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are joining efforts to conduct child-centric advocacy and promote school-based preparedness along the Tigris River flood path in Iraq. The two sister agencies signed a partnership agreement in this regard in Baghdad.

UNDP Country Director for Iraq, Mr. Mounir Tabet, said:

“We are pleased to work closely with UNICEF to maximize emergency preparedness in Iraq where needed most. Awareness amongst children is key to their safety and helps to build resilience of their communities in the long run.”

UNICEF Representative in Iraq, Mr. Peter Hawkins, said:

“Investing in child-centered disaster risk reduction can save lives. Together with UNDP, we will work to involve children in finding solutions and making decisions that will help them shape their own security and therefore, their future.”

In the coming weeks, UNDP and UNICEF will launch an advocacy campaign engaging selected school authorities in the preparation of a local evacuation plan. Furthermore, they will make arrangements for a number of schools to serve as temporary evacuation centres in consultation with respective authorities.

With funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNDP has been supporting the Government of Iraq in emergency preparedness related to Mosul Dam. UNDP is also working closely with the National Operation Centre of the Office of the Prime Minister, Civil Defense, and Ministries of Water Resources and Health and Environment, in addition to respective Governorates, in order to build capacities and systems to promote national preparedness and community risk awareness.

(Source: UNDP)

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraqi Kurdistan:

(Source: UN)

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraqi Kurdistan:

(Source: UN)

Under the Patronage of Her Excellency the Minister of Health & Environment Dr Adeelah Hamoud Hussien, the Public Health Directorate (PHD) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nation Children’s’ Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched on 20 July 2017 the National Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Strategy (RMNCAH) 2018–2020.

The strategy was developed in alignment with the national development plans and strategies to map the road for galvanizing actions to achieve the Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs) for health in Iraq.

With the present diverse health challenges and public health risks and threats such as disease outbreaks and high maternal and child mortality rates, the community of health professionals in Iraq needs an updated national RMNCAH strategy (2018–2020) that would support stepping up joint efforts to complete the unfinished work of the Millennium Developmental Goals (MDGs).

The RMNCAH strategy aims to address the inequities among underserved areas in Iraq, stricter compliance to measurement and monitoring of progress, the inclusion of the humanitarian aspects and adherence to the 2030 agenda for SDGs, particularly those related to the health of women, children and adolescents, and the inclusion of innovative approaches for monitoring progress during the implementation of the RMNCA strategy 2018–-2020.

Together with the national health authorities and civil society, WHO, UNICEF, and UNFPA will work to support the government of Iraq with the necessary technical and operational modalities to improve the health and well-being of women, children, and adolescents in the country.

(Source: WHO)

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq:

(Source: UN)

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraqi Kurdistan:

(Source: UN)

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq:

(Source: UN)

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq:

(Source: UN)