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01 Sep 2013
This year’s Franco-Arab Film Festival marks a turning point in the event’s maturity cycle. Organized by the Institut Français, the Royal Film Commission and other entities, the festival will be held in Jordan, Palestine and France, and for the first time this year, also in Lebanon and Iraq.
Erbil, 29 August 2013 (UNESCO) - The United Nations Education and Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Norwegian Refugees Council (NRC) are joining efforts with partners from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), sister UN agencies, national and international NGOs to address the critical and urgent educational needs of Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). From August 27 until the 29 August 2013, UNESCO and NRC are organizing a pioneering workshop in Erbil, KR-I, aiming at strengthening the capacity of education institutions and stakeholders in KRI to respond effectively and comprehensively to the current crisis. The focus will be on the globally recognized Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Minimum Standards: an inclusive and participatory approach…
01 Sep 2013
On September 15, 2013, a flotilla of traditional Mesopotamian boats will embark down the Tigris River on an historic voyage of celebration, education, and data collection. Over the course of several weeks and over 1200 kilometers flowing from southeastern Turkey to southern Iraq, the Tigris River Flotilla will celebrate the cultural heritage of Mesopotamia, bring environmental awareness to riverside communities, and study the river's current hydrological condition. Throughout the course of the journey, participants from different countries will float down the river using modern and traditional boats. The traditional boats – a tarada, a guffa, and a kalak – were built by local communities in both Turkey and Iraq in celebration of the unique cultural heritage of these communities and…
The Civil Society Committee of the Kurdistan Parliament, the NGO Department in the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and the United Nations Office for Project Services invites NGOs in the KRG to attend a signing ceremony and press conference to mark the adoption of the Compact on Partnership and Development between Public Authorities and Non-Governmental Organizations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on Wednesday 4 September 2013. The invitation and additional information are attached.
Baghdad, 19 August 2013 – Wrapping up a two-day visit to Iraq, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman today participated in a ceremony in Baghdad marking the 10th anniversary of the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing, one of the most devastating attacks in the history of the United Nations. “Ten years ago, 22 cherished United Nations staff members and colleagues perished in a horrific attack that still reverberates in our hearts and in our memory,” said Mr. Feltman. Yet the United Nations’ resolve was not shaken and its commitment to Iraq remains strong, he added: “Our ongoing work today here in Iraq is the best possible tribute to those who perished ten years ago.” The memorial service in Baghdad, which included…
Include Ilisu dam on the Meeting Agenda with Turkish Opposition Leader Suleimaniya, Kurdistan-Iraq-August 20th, 2013 Next week Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is set to visit Baghdad. As the leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Turkish main opposition party, Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu is one of the most influential politicians in the Turkish opposition. His visit to Iraq presents a rare opportunity to reestablish interstate dialogue and to put forward the common interests of both countries, one of which is water. Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu’s visit comes at a time when Turkey is experiencing widespread demonstrations closely linked to the preservation of the environment. Simultaneously, Iraq’s civil society is working towards the protection of the environment, especially that which it shares with its Turkish neighbors.…