Middle East

Iraq: UN to host reconstruction meeting at New York Headquarters in June

The United Nations is to host a meeting next month in New York of UN agencies, international financial institutions and Iraqi technical experts to boost the reconstruction and recovery of Iraq.

Iraq: UN food programme gears up for restarting distribution system

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), together with the Iraqi Ministry of Trade and the United States-run Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance, is finalizing the reactivation of the public distribution system that provides services to 27 million Iraqis, the agency said today.

Value of UN’s Oil-for-Food relief items for Iraq exceeds $1 billion

The total value of priority items from the United Nations Oil-for-Food humanitarian pipeline that can be shipped to Iraq for emergency needs continues to climb, reaching $1.1 billion, the UN Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP) announced today.

Iraq: UN relief agencies focus on garbage collection, vaccination campaigns

United Nations relief agencies continued their rehabilitation efforts in Iraq today, ranging from garbage collection to vaccination campaigns to the possible revival of marshlands drained by the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Islamic Conference has key role in ensuring peace, fighting terrorism - Annan

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) had "key contributions" to make in safeguarding the interests of the Iraqi people, bringing peace to the Middle East, rebuilding Afghanistan and healing the breach between faiths opened by terrorism, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message issued today to a meeting of the 56-member body.

UN relief agencies step up protection efforts in Iraq

In an effort to step up relief operations in Iraq despite the ongoing lack of security resulting from random looting, shooting and robberies, the United Nations top relief official in the country today organized the first meeting of the national working group on protection.

Working with Iraqi people top priority for UN mission, Annan and envoy say

Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his newly appointed Special Representative for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, both stressed today that the top priority for the United Nations in the war-shattered country would be to work with the Iraqi people in establishing a sovereign state with full respect for human rights.

Annan welcomes Israeli acceptance of Middle East peace plan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the decision taken by the Israeli Government to accept the Road Map, and underscored the commitment of the United Nations, along with the other Quartet partners - the European Union, Russian Federation and United States - to helping both sides achieve the plan's vision of two states within three years.

UN health agency steps up efforts to distribute drugs in Iraq

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that it is working to distrubute life-saving drugs throughout Iraq despite a cluster of difficulties.

Insecurity continues to hamper humanitarian operations in Iraq, UN reports

The United Nations has reported that rising violent crime and other security concerns are still hampering the international relief effort in Iraq.