Iraq

Keyhole surgery returns to war-shattered Mosul as WHO prioritizes medical improvements

In the wake of more than four years of intense conflict in Iraq to dislodge the terrorist group ISIL, the rehabilitation of the health system and improvements to lifesaving medical services in places like formerly-occupied Mosul, remains a top priority, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday.

Iraq: Over 150,000 children endangered by ‘freezing’ temperatures, warns UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has ramped up efforts to provide warm clothes and life-saving supplies to more than 150,000 displaced children across northern Iraq whose lives are threatened by freezing temperatures.

Trust and support of Iraqis essential for success of UN’s Da’esh terror investigation

Delivering a summary of his first report to the Security Council, Special Adviser and head of the UN Investigative Team for Accountability of Da’esh – the Arabic name for the extremist group ISIL which recently held sway over large parts of Iraq and Syria - said that the team can only be effective if it gains the trust of Iraqi society.

Conflict and inequality shape children’s lives in Iraq; UNICEF urges ‘right policies’ for protection

Conflict and inequality remain the defining features of children being raised in Iraq today, according to the first comprehensive survey conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in seven years.

Return of Kuwaiti property by Iraq, signals hope of ‘full normalization’ between nations: UN Chief

The Iraqi government’s latest moves toward constructive engagement with Kuwait mark a step towards “the full normalization” of relations between the two countries following decades of strained relations, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday.

Outgoing UN official praises Iraq’s ‘exemplary peaceful transfer of power’ at the top

In his last briefing as the top United Nations official in Iraq, Ján Kubiš updated the Security Council on the country’s post-election political settlement, commending the “exemplary peaceful transfer of power” between Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his successor, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who was sworn in at the end of October.

ISIL’s ‘legacy of terror’ in Iraq: UN verifies over 200 mass graves

Investigators have uncovered more than 200 mass graves containing thousands of bodies in areas of Iraq formerly controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), according to a United Nations human rights report out on Tuesday.

In Iraq, UN welcomes new President, and Prime Minister-designate, calls for ‘truly representative’ cabinet

The United Nations Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, on Wednesday, welcomed the designation of a new Prime Minister, Adel Abdel-Mahdi, and urged political leaders to promote women’s meaningful representation in politics.

Iraq milestone: Some four million people return home, displacement drops to four-year low

For the first time in nearly four years, the number of displaced Iraqis has fallen below two million, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the United Nations migration agency.

UN Baghdad hotel bombing survivors: Elpida Rouka

It has been 15 years since the terrorist attack on the UN compound at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad on 19 August 2003. Elpida Rouka worked with the Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq. She was at the UN compound on the day of the attack for final meetings with Mr. Vieira de Mello and others as the programme was concluding its activities.

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