A message from ICSSI: Dear Friends We invite you to attend and seek your support for the first Iraqi Social Forum [ISF] to be held on September 26-28, 2013 in Baghdad, Iraq . Active international solidarity is the need of this hour! The Iraqi Social Forum is an extraordinary event that opposes decades of immense violence and destruction. It proposes a time and a space managed by civil society and social movements to build another Iraq based on peace, respect for human rights and social justice, in partnership with all those who adhere to the principles and charter of the WSF, adopted in Porto Alegre in 2001. The loss of the lives of over one million people, the destruction of…
On 23rd July 2013, the Iraqi Council of Ministers approved the designation of the Central Marshes of Iraq as the country’s first National Park. The efforts to declare this unique landscape a park and protected area began in 2006 through a joint effort by Iraq's Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Municipalities with support from Nature Iraq, an Iraqi environmental conservation organization, and other national and international institutions. Financial support for the effort came from the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea. The Mesopotamian Marshlands of southern Iraq were once the 3rd largest wetlands in the world, originally extending between twelve and fifteen thousand square kilometers and partially covering the three southern governorates of Iraq…
The Widows Training and Development Center recently had a legal awareness workshop in Baghdad. For full details please see the attached WTDC press release in English and Arabic.
The Government of Iraq, with the support of UNICEF and the European Union, has adopted a set of standards to ensure that primary schools across the country become ideal learning environments for children. These standards are developed as part of a larger programme, worth 17 million Euros, supported by the European Union to improve the quality of and access to primary education across Iraq. Press release attached in Arabic and English
Erbil Declaration on Development EffectivenessErbil, 22-23 June, 2013 The "Arab NGO Network for Development", in partnership with the "International Forum on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness" and "Iraqi Al-Amal Association", and in cooperation with the parliament of Iraqi Kurdistan region and the ICNL, organized the regional conference for the Arab region on the effectiveness of development, in Erbil on 22 and 23 June, 2013. This conference comes in the context of the development effectiveness, which was launched in 2003 in the first meeting organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Rome, to discuss how to activate the development aids, followed by a meeting in France in 2005, that had Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness. This meeting witnessed,…
Press Release: The World Heritage Committee will be meeting in Cambodia, Iraq is a member, but the Iraqi marshes are not in the agenda! Open Letter on the submission of the Central Marshes to the World Heritage CommitteeTo: The Iraqi President Jalal Talabani,The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, and through him to all relevant government representatives and members of the Iraqi Parliament,The Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq Osama Nejaifi, and through him to all members of the Iraqi Parliament. Cc: Ministry of Environment, Dr. Ali Lami, Head of the Committee for the Submission of the Iraqi Marshes to the WHC The Iraqi Marshlands are considered both a cultural and natural heritage because of their outstanding value as…