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On 23rd July 2013, the Iraqi Council of Ministers approved the designation of the Central Marshes of Iraq as the country’s first National Park. The efforts to declare this unique landscape a park and protected area began in 2006 through a joint effort by Iraq's Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Municipalities with support from Nature Iraq, an Iraqi environmental conservation organization, and other national and international institutions. Financial support for the effort came from the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea. The Mesopotamian Marshlands of southern Iraq were once the 3rd largest wetlands in the world, originally extending between twelve and fifteen thousand square kilometers and partially covering the three southern governorates of Iraq…
The Widows Training and Development Center recently had a legal awareness workshop in Baghdad. For full details please see the attached WTDC press release in English and Arabic.
The Government of Iraq, with the support of UNICEF and the European Union, has adopted a set of standards to ensure that primary schools across the country become ideal learning environments for children. These standards are developed as part of a larger programme, worth 17 million Euros, supported by the European Union to improve the quality of and access to primary education across Iraq. Press release attached in Arabic and English
Erbil Declaration on Development EffectivenessErbil, 22-23 June, 2013 The "Arab NGO Network for Development", in partnership with the "International Forum on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness" and "Iraqi Al-Amal Association", and in cooperation with the parliament of Iraqi Kurdistan region and the ICNL, organized the regional conference for the Arab region on the effectiveness of development, in Erbil on 22 and 23 June, 2013. This conference comes in the context of the development effectiveness, which was launched in 2003 in the first meeting organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Rome, to discuss how to activate the development aids, followed by a meeting in France in 2005, that had Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness. This meeting witnessed,…
Press Release: The World Heritage Committee will be meeting in Cambodia, Iraq is a member, but the Iraqi marshes are not in the agenda! Open Letter on the submission of the Central Marshes to the World Heritage CommitteeTo: The Iraqi President Jalal Talabani,The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, and through him to all relevant government representatives and members of the Iraqi Parliament,The Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq Osama Nejaifi, and through him to all members of the Iraqi Parliament. Cc: Ministry of Environment, Dr. Ali Lami, Head of the Committee for the Submission of the Iraqi Marshes to the WHC The Iraqi Marshlands are considered both a cultural and natural heritage because of their outstanding value as…
Statement from Bent Al Rafedain Organization: A higher committee to implement the project "Assistance Department of Domestic violence " in BabilHillah-BROBBabil province formed a higher committee to implement the project "Assistance Department of Domestic Violence” which included in its membership local officials in addition to Bent Al Rafedain Organization (BROB), which proposed the formation of the department.Alyaa Al Ansari (BROB Executive Director) said that the administration of the province of Babil officially informed the organization to form a committee consisting of the Director of the Office of the Governor Falah Hassan and Governorate consultant for Women's Affairs Thikra Salih in addition to a representative of the Police Directorate and member of Bent Al Rafedain Organization (BROB).Al Ansari showed that the…