The United Nations and Iraq have embarked on a programme to enhance the country’s governance, social services and economic growth over the next five years.
“Today is a historic day for the UN and Iraq,” said Christine McNab, UN Resident Coordinator in the country.
The UN country team and the Iraqi Government, along with civil society and others, worked in concert to develop the 2011-2014 UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
The signing of the agreement marks “the start of a strengthened partnership for achieving a better future for Iraq and its people,” Ms. McNab stressed, voicing hope that it will “make significant contributions to improving the lives of all people in Iraq.”
The plan will target five key areas: ensuring inclusive economic growth; environmental management; promoting good governance and protecting human rights; boosting access to basic services for all; and stepping up investment in women, youth and children.
“We will continue to reach out to the most vulnerable groups,” including the disenfranchised, the internally displaced, and refugees,” the Resident Coordinator emphasized.
The issues covered in the new roadmap were selected to support Iraq’s five-year National Development Plan, which foresees over $200 billion in investment in services, economic stimulus and environmental protection from 2010 to 2014.
This is the first-ever UNDAF for Iraq, but others have been implemented in countries such as Timor-Leste and Sudan.