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After months of studies and continuous consultations, UNESCO officials and main stakeholders from the government of Iraq met in Baghdad to announce the launch of the "National Teacher Training Strategy"; another technical revelation in the process of driving teacher education and training reform and innovation in Iraq. UNESCO Office in Iraq in partnership with the Ministry of Education in Baghdad and Erbil organized a major event in the Iraqi capital on 23 January 2014 to officially launch this Strategy that was prepared in the framework of the "Teacher Training Programme for Basic and Secondary Education"; one of several pioneering projects implemented by UNESCO Office in Iraq, with the support of the "Education Above All" Foundation. The ceremony was attended by…
 24 January 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency said today that more than 65,000 people had fled the conflict in the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in central Iraq’s Anbar province over the past week, bringing the total number of people uprooted since fighting began at the end of 2013 to over 140,000.The displacement figures, provided by Iraq’s Ministry of Displacement and Migration, are the largest the country has witnessed since the sectarian violence of 2006-2008 and are a result of deadly clashes between Iraqi troops and Al-Qaeda-linked fighters.It also comes on top of the 1.13 million people already internally displaced in Iraq and who are mostly residing in Baghdad, Diyala and Ninewa provinces, according to the UN High…
HI released yesterday the attached fact sheet that aims to provide a snapshot of the types of injuries caused by explosive weapons and witnessed by our teams while working with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Syria. To draw this fact sheet, HI has been conducting direct interviews during initial assessment work among 1.847 Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) between November 2012 and October 2013 in IDP camps, hospitals and communities inside Syria. Almost 50% (49,5%) of the interviewees had new injuries directly related to the crisis. This paper provides information on the short- and long-term consequences faced by victims of explosive weapons especially when no proper, immediate or sustainable care is provided. It calls on parties to the conflict as well…
In his speech at the Iraqi Women and Social Peace Conference, hosted by Iraqi Vice-President Dr. Khudair al-Khuzaei today, the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG), Mr. Gyorgy Busztin, called on all political, religious, and civil leaders to work together as one to address the challenges the country is facing. “This is especially needed to create an enabling environment for the upcoming national elections, which are vital for the development of Iraq’s democratic institutions,” Mr. Buzstin said. The DSRSG also told the audience that the United Nations has closely followed the Social Peace Initiative and the National Honor Code with much interest because they contain important principles to which all political parties must adhere. “I…
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, strongly deplored the continued targeting of innocent civilians, including mourners at a funeral, in another bloody day that left dozens of people killed and injured across Baghdad and central Iraq. “Terrorism can never be justified and all Iraqis have a responsibility to stand up against it. The people of Iraq have the right to live in peace, free of the fear of constant attacks by armed groups,” Mr. Mladenov said. “I urge all the leaders of Iraq to unite and create the security, political and social conditions that pull the country out of the cycle of violence and terror,” the UN Envoy also stated. Mr. Mladenov…
Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. Assalamo Alaykom. Good afternoon. I am pleased to be back in Baghdad for the fifth time as Secretary-General of the United Nations. When I was here just over a year ago that was December, 2012, I strongly encouraged the leaders of Iraq and Kuwait to look to the future together and usher in a new era of cooperation. There have been tremendous gains over the past year thanks to the leadership, commitment and flexibility of Prime Minister al-Maliki and the Emir of Kuwait. I am very encouraged that the bilateral relationship has been improved and is going to further improve. I just had a very good and constructive dialogue with His Excellency Prime Minister al-Maliki.…
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