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Baghdad, 28 October 2013; In the framework of their significant efforts towards supporting the Iraqi government in overcoming the devastating impact of water shortage, UNESCO and the European Union (EU) launched the phase II of the "Advanced Survey of Hydrogeological Resources in Iraq" (ASHRI-2), a pioneering initiative that aims to improve national capacities in the exploration and integrated management of groundwater resources, and enhance both, efficiency and effectiveness of public planning and policy making in the National Water Sector. After several months of technical and operation consultations, UNESCO and EU representatives met with Iraqi officials in Baghdad today, October 28 2013, to announce the official launch of the diversified activities which will be implemented in the framework of this new…
The Widows Training and Development Center, in collaboration with the Institute of Publications and National Archives, held a legal awareness workshop that focused on the Civil Status Laws, violence against women, early marriage and forced marriage on 10/02/2013. Press release is attached.
The Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign is a project of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI). According to their website, ICSSI created the Save the Tigris Campaign (STC) in an attempt to protect World Heritage sites along the Tigris River from the Ilisu Dam, which is a hydroelectric project being constructed by the Turkish government. Nature Iraq joined STC as a gesture of goodwill towards organizations in the region working to protect Iraq’s cultural resources, and because of our mission in protecting the Mesopotamian Marshlands of southern Iraq. Over the last few months, there have been a number of factually inaccurate public criticisms by STC of the Iraqi government’s handling of the World Heritage Site application process…
International Activist meet in Baghdad to Discuss Legal Strategies to Protect the Tigris River Baghdad 26 September 2013 Baghdad, Iraq—Once the cradle of civilizations and agricultural haven, now Iraq’s land has dried significantly mostly due to man-made causes. For the past 20 years upstream dams in the Euphrates have reduced Iraq’s water income. Now the most important water lifeline in the country, the Tigris River, is being threatened by the construction of Ilisu dam within Turkey’s GAP project that violates international and Iraqi law. The Ilisu dam construction will have catastrophic effects on the lives of Iraqis, who suffer increased drought and loss of lands due to lack of water. In this context and within the framework of the Iraqi…
Baghdad, 21 September 2013 On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the United Nations in Iraq, together with Iraq’s Ministry of Culture, welcomed Naseer Shamma and the Secret Orchestra to commemorate this year’s theme, “Culture for Peace”, in a unique concert. Over one thousand Iraqi men, women and young people gathered at the Baghdad National Theatre to listen to Mr. Shamma, a world famous Iraqi oud musician. Mr. Shamma debuted a number of new compositions to a cheering crowd. “The importance of this particular day should not be underestimated, particularly in Iraq, where violence and terrorism continue to kill, maim and injure scores of innocent civilians on a daily basis,” said Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary…
25 Sep 2013
Press Release For Immediate Release: 25th of September 2013 The Iraqi Social Forum will take place in Baghdad, from the 26th to the 28th of September, the first large gathering in Iraq based upon the World Social Forum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Social_Forum%23Charter_of_Principles">Charter of Principles. It will include more than 140 activities organized by hundreds of Iraqis and some international activists. Participation is open to everyone who shares the principles of the World Social Forum. The Forum Includes: Sports Against Violence activities at the University of Baghdad on Thursday morning (9/26), an official opening at the National Theatre on Thursday evening (9/26), and parallel activities in Al-Qushla and at the Baghdad Cultural Center on Friday and Saturday (9/27-28). Solidarity activities are being organized around…