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Press Release United Nations calls for Iraqis to embrace diversity Baghdad, 21 May 2013 – On the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, the United Nations calls on every Iraqi to embrace diversity and engage in dialogue to build bridges between communities and lay the foundation for peace. “Diversity is Iraq’s greatest strength and a symbol of its rich cultural heritage, stretching back through the millennia,” said Mr. Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq. “Today, social and cultural divisions are leading Iraq into conflict. Innocent civilians are caught up in violence. This is deeply troubling,” Mr. Kobler continued. “These divisions can be healed, through open dialogue that builds tolerance, mutual respect,…
Baghdad, 22 May 2013, UNESCO, FAO, and the Ministry of Agriculture in Iraq took a substantial step towards a true reform in the agricultural sector in the country as two key studies providing critical information were accomplished, in addition to a training workshop that enables ministry officials to benefit from this information to modernize the agricultural sector.Under the framework of a joint project that aims to set a comprehensive strategy for sustainable development of the agricultural sector, UNESCO carried out during the past months two surveys at the national level to study labour and the investment climate in the agricultural sector in Iraq. These studies have led to producing an insight into the reality of the labour force and investment…
UNDP has signed grant agreements with eight Civil Society Organization (CSO) consortia in Iraq, representing 31 local CSOs across the country on 28 April 2013 in an event hosted by the CSO Committee of the Council of Representatives. The Iraqi CSOs will be supported by UNDP to carry out initiatives that help promote human rights, anti-corruption and adequate service delivery in Iraq. This is part of the “Empowering CSOs in Iraq” project that seeks to strengthen CSOs to promote and monitor government accountability.Under this project, UNDP will work hand in hand with the eight CSO consortia to deliver projects that not only leave a positive impact on the daily lives of the Iraqi people but also reinforce the capacities of…
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To the World Health Organization and the Iraqi Ministry of Health: "All studies done by the Ministry of Health prove with damning evidence that there has been a rise in birth defects and cancers" in Iraq. This is quoted directly from a senior official at the Iraqi Ministry of Health. This senior official was speaking on-camera during a BBC documentary, called "Born under a bad sign", which aired on March 22, 2013. During the same interview, two other Ministry of Health researchers confirmed that the situation with cancers and birth defects constitute a "big crisis" for the "next generation" of Iraqi children. The studies they refer to are the joint project between the Iraqi Ministry of Health and the World…
Message from the ICSSI: Dear friends and supporters of the World Social Forum process:Recently, we commemorated the tenth anniversary of the 2003 war in Iraq. Sadly, all the protesters who shouted “No blood for oil!” were correct. The regime had to step down but freedom could not be gained for the Iraqi people through war and occupation. Today, the situation is critical in Iraq in both humanitarian and political terms. Iraqi social movements and civil society organizations are part of a wave of popular protest, that has been countered with bloody repression by the government. Courageous activists are everyday risking their lives in the struggle. These activists need to break out of their isolation and coordinate their initiatives with social…