As winter hits displaced Iraqis, UN appeals for boost in humanitarian funding

The United Nations today called for a surge in humanitarian funding to help cover the basic needs of close to one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq’s Kurdistan region amid plummeting temperatures and wintry conditions.

Ban welcomes decision to postpone Iraqi payments into fund set up after invasion of Kuwait

Iraq will not be obligated to deposit 5 percent of its oil proceeds into a fund set up by the United Nations to pay compensation for the 1990-91 invasion and occupation of Kuwait, a decision Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed in light of the “severe security and humanitarian crisis” confronting the Iraqi people.

UNESCO chief calls for ‘protected cultural zones’ in war-torn Iraq, Syria

Denouncing the persecution of minorities, attacks on cultural heritage and illicit trafficking in cultural properties in Iraq and Syria as “part of a strategy of deliberate cultural cleansing of exceptional violence,” the head of the United Nations cultural agency today urged the creation of “protected cultural zones” around heritage sites in the two crisis-riven countries.

UN envoy welcomes deal between Iraqi, Kurdish region on oil, finances

The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) welcomed today an agreement reached between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to resolve issues related to oil exports and the budget.

Violence in Iraq kills at least 1,232 people in November – UN

Some 1,232 people – mostly civilians – were killed by violence in Iraq in November, the top United Nations official there said today as he called on Iraq’s political, religious and social leaders to rise above their differences and work to consolidate the democratic process.

‘Time is growing short,’ UN warns as it boosts delivery of winter kits to displaced in Iraq

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is stepping up its efforts in Iraq to deliver winter aid to people displaced by this year’s conflict including Thursday with the landing in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region the first in a series of flights carrying supplies aimed at mitigating the impact of the harsh months ahead.

“Close to impossible” to reach communities in terrorist-controlled areas in Iraq

It’s becoming “close to impossible” to reach communities in areas of Iraq which are controlled by terrorists, according to Nickolay Mladenov the Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

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Up to 1mn in Syria, Iraq may be “left out in cold” this winter

Up to one million Syrians and Iraqis may be “left out in the cold” as winter approaches, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is warning.

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Iraq: UN envoy sees inclusive political process as critical to resolving crisis

As Iraq struggles to deal with the increasing security threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as well as with dire financial and humanitarian conditions, the United Nations envoy to the country has cited an inclusive political process as vital to finding comprehensive solutions.

Amid ‘monstrous’ violence, ISIL aims to tear Iraq apart, build ‘state of terror,’ warn UN officials

The atrocious crimes perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) risk plunging Iraq into catastrophe as the country reels from bitter sectarian tensions and a growing humanitarian crisis affecting over 5 million people, top United Nations officials warned today, as they called on the international community to increase efforts in aiding Iraq’s full transition towards a stable democracy.