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Najaf 9 June 2013 International and Iraqi experts, historians, and members of the world's intellectual society turn to Iraq as UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture launch a pioneering programme to conserve the priceless books and manuscripts of the city of Najaf, a main centre of Islamic and Arab religious and intellectual production. Twenty-seven librarians and manuscript conservators from all main libraries in Najaf, including the library of the Alawiya shrine; but also from the Abbasiya and Husayniya shrines in Karbala, and the National Centre for Manuscripts and National Library in Baghdad, will participate in this world-class training programme delivered by an Italian and a Greek expert-conservators with special expertise in Islamic manuscripts. To be held from 9 to 20…
(Geneva, 7 June 2013) Millions of ordinary men, women and children are bearing the brunt of the brutal conflict in Syria, said Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos and High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, as they appealed today for an additional US$3.1 billion to meet growing humanitarian needs in Syria and among refugees in the surrounding region this year. The total requirements for the whole of 2013 are $4.4 billion. In addition to this, the Governments of Lebanon and Jordan are seeking $830 million to support the efforts to provide education, health and other services to the refugees who are now in their countries. The United Nations estimates that 6.8 million people in Syria need urgent humanitarian assistance, 4.25 million…
On World Environment Day, the United Nations is highlighting the importance of sustainable environmental management to ensure food security. Nearly 6 million Iraqis face food deprivation and vulnerability. “The global theme for this year’s World Environment Day focuses on minimizing food waste,” said Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Iraq and Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms. Jacqueline Badcock. “Before we can talk about food waste in Iraq, we need to talk about food production and supply,” Ms. Badcock stressed. “Food security in Iraq is fragile. At least 1.9 million Iraqis or 5.7 per cent of the population are food deprived and do not have enough to eat each day. A further 4 million Iraqis are vulnerable to…
2 June 2013, the KRG NGO directorate announced the approval to fund 97 proposals from various Kurdish NGOs with a total budget of 50,000,000 IQDs for each project. The directorate will later announce the approval of proposals that had been by partnerships between 2 or more NGOs. The latter proposal's budget is up to 100,000,000 IQD. According to Fazl Omar, head of KRG NGO directorate, the KRG government has allocated approximately 3,700,000,000 IQD for 2013 to fund Kurdish NGOs to implement different projects in the areas of Erbil, Dohuk, Suliemaniyah, Kirkuk and Garmian. The selection committee (consists of 8 members from the mentioned areas) approved proposals from all types with no preference on any certain area, and this included: education,…
Press Release United Nations calls for Iraqis to embrace diversity Baghdad, 21 May 2013 – On the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, the United Nations calls on every Iraqi to embrace diversity and engage in dialogue to build bridges between communities and lay the foundation for peace. “Diversity is Iraq’s greatest strength and a symbol of its rich cultural heritage, stretching back through the millennia,” said Mr. Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq. “Today, social and cultural divisions are leading Iraq into conflict. Innocent civilians are caught up in violence. This is deeply troubling,” Mr. Kobler continued. “These divisions can be healed, through open dialogue that builds tolerance, mutual respect,…