Nature Iraq’s Waterkeepers Iraq Program along with partner organizations (Nature Iraq Foundation, American Canoe Association and Majestic Heights Outdoor Adventures, a Kurdistan Iraq-based eco-tourism company) are working for conservation in Iraq. They have just announced the Rawanduz River Expedition, a new initiative to protect rivers in Iraq, and the kick-off of a 60-day crowdfunding campaign to make this expedition possible. Environmental protection in Iraq is complicated by negative perceptions of the country. In the global imagination, Iraq is a desert wasteland, devoid of natural beauty and lacking breathtaking scenery. In Iraqis’ understanding, their country's environment is hopelessly neglected, abused by forces beyond their control. We want to tell a new story to change these attitudes, and show Iraq's last wild…
While clashes in Anbar province continue and are leading to further multiple displacements, the United Nations continue, despite the difficulties, with deliveries of aid to the around 45,000 displaced families registered so far. “The UN continues to provide aid to those affected by the fighting in Anbar, despite the challenges posed by the deteriorating security environment and ongoing operations in the province”, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov said, while noting that the Government of Iraq, the provincial authorities, as well as tribal leaders have committed to facilitating humanitarian access to the affected population. “The UN continues to hold discussions with senior political figures in an attempt to assist in paving the ground for…
(Baghdad) – The execution-style killing of four members of Iraq’s SWAT forces, apparently by the ISIS armed group, is the latest atrocity in a campaign of widespread and systematic murder that amounts to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today.Men presenting themselves as members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the killings, which took place near Ramadi on January 20, 2014. A video posted online showed ISIS members firing on and disabling the last truck of a SWAT convoy.The ISIS members then take four SWAT members into custody, interviewing them in front of an ISIS flag, and shooting them in the back of their heads.“These abhorrent killings are the latest in a…
Launching the World Interfaith Harmony Week (1-7 February) today, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Nickolay Mladenov participated in a cultural festival at Saint Joseph Syriac Catholic Church, together with religious leaders of different communities, Youth and Civil Society representatives, as well as Iraqis from different neighbourhoods and faiths. “Today your country faces unprecedented security challenges and it is time for people to come together, to reach across the divide and show a sense of national unity”, Mr. Mladenov said in his opening remarks, urging the assembly for “unity in being Iraqi, unity in standing up to those forces who seek to divide you”. Reaffirming that “the United Nations will always be with the…
The international coalition of the “Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign” welcomes the achievement accomplished by the national Iraqi team for the nomination of the Iraqi marshes to the World Heritage Committee, according to the 1972 World Heritage Convention. The Iraqi Ministry of Environment confirmed that it had submitted the nomination file to the specialized bureau of UNESCO. The process of preparing this file is a long, complicated, technical procedure, and a basic step on the way to accomplish the ultimate goal; to enlist the Iraqi marshes to the World Heritage List. For this accomplishment, the Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign – founded in 2012 by civil organizations from Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Europe against…
According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 733 Iraqis were killed and another 1,229 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in January. The number of civilians killed was 618 (including 178 civilian police), while the number of civilians injured was 1,052 (including 237 civilian police). A further 115 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed and 177 were injured not including casualties from Anbar operations. “Iraq continues to face substantial security challenges by armed groups who promote violence and seek to divide people. Political, religious and civil leaders urgently need to show national unity in dealing with violence and in promoting social peace. Security operations need to go hand-in-hand with inclusive policies, based…
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