On the 30th of September a high-level side meeting on Iraq was held as a side event of the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting. This side-event was co-convened by the government of the United States of America, the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation and UN OCHA in New York. NCCI’s Advocacy Working Group prepared the brief which was included in the briefing pack of the event.
As Iraq is the sole country in the world dealing with two emergencies classified as L3 by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), this briefing note attempted to draw more attention to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq which is too often forgotten in light of the security crisis raging in the country. The briefing note called upon the international community to ensure that all Iraqis have access to protection and humanitarian assistance, also stressing the need to guarantee the neutrality and impartiality of humanitarian assistance in the conflict-ridden country. The United Nations Security Council should furthermore publicly condemn all human rights violations. Finally, the briefing note called upon the UN to step up capacity building at the local level, as well as to ensure that all UN operations in country include Iraqi civil society and communities at all relevant levels.
Please find attached below the full Joint NGO Brief on Humanitarian and Protection Issues in Iraq.