Iraq: Ban, Security Council hail new government as crucial democratic step

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today welcomed the announcement of a new government in Baghdad, with the United Nations chief describing the move as “a major step forward in Iraq’s democratic progress,” while calling for prompt attention to national reconciliation, reconstruction and long-term stability.

UN refugee agency voices dismay at Sweden’s forcible repatriation of Iraqis

The United Nations refugee agency today deplored Sweden’s decision this week to forcibly repatriate a group of 20 Iraqis, including five people from the minority Christian community who are originally from Baghdad.

Security Council urges Iraq to fulfil pledges to Kuwait stemming from 1990 invasion

The Security Council today called on Iraq to fulfil the commitments it has made to find Kuwaiti or third country nationals, property and archives lost in Saddam Hussein’s invasion of his small neighbour more than 20 years ago.

Iraq: Security Council ends war-related mandates in ‘milestone’ session

The Security Council today ended United Nations mandates on Iraq stemming from the 1991 and 2003 wars, including those on weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), in a move that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called a “milestone” on the country’s path to normality.

Security Council announces special events on Iraq and youth this month

The Security-Council will on 15 December hold a high-level event on Iraq, which will be chaired by United States Vice President Joe Biden, and attended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the US permanent representative to the United Nations announced today.

US drawdown in Iraq affecting UN ability to carry out its operations, Ban says

The ongoing United States military drawdown in Iraq is making it more difficult for the United Nations to carry out its operations, which range from the humanitarian to the development to the political fields, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the country.

With deadlock broken, Ban calls for swift formation of Iraqi government

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the “major step forward” taken with the agreement reached after months of deadlock on the formation of a new Iraqi government, and called on the country’s leaders to swiftly conclude the process.

Security Council strongly condemns terror attacks in Iraq

The Security Council has strongly condemned the recent series of terrorist attacks in Iraq, including today’s bomb blasts in the capital, Baghdad, which have claimed the lives of scores of people and wounded hundreds of others.

More work needed despite progress on Iraq’s export-revenue mechanism – UN official

A senior United Nations official reported today that some progress has been made to enable Iraq to fully manage its own export revenues and channel them towards its development needs, while encouraging the Government to undertake further steps.

UN human rights chief urges better protection for Iraq’s religious communities

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, today strongly condemned this week’s attacks on religious communities in Iraq and urged the Iraqi Government to do more to protect civilians in an effort to prevent a “deadly” upsurge in sectarian violence.