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USG for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman: 10th Anniversary of Attack on the UN in Baghdad

19 August 2013 - As delivered

Deputy Foreign Minister Shakir;

Dr. Hamad, Chief of Staff of His Excellency the Prime Minister of Iraq;

Excellencies of the diplomatic corps;

Government officials;

Special Representative of the Secretary-General ad interim;

UN staff and colleagues;

Ladies and gentlemen;

Good morning.

It is a profound honour for me to be here today – at the memorial service honouring our fallen colleagues. 

I am particularly moved that Iraqi officials have joined us and that in fact among us today we have some of the survivors of the Canal Hotel bombing ten years ago.

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Iraq Declares Its First National Park

On 23rd July 2013, the Iraqi Council of Ministers approved the designation of the Central Marshes of Iraq as the country’s first National Park. The efforts to declare this unique landscape a park and protected area began in 2006 through a joint effort by Iraq's Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Municipalities with support from Nature Iraq, an Iraqi environmental conservation organization, and other national and international institutions. Financial support for the effort came from the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea.

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Corruption and Integrity in Iraq’s Public Sector

Iraq’s Commission of Integrity, with the support of the Central Statistics Office and UNDP Iraq launched findings from its study on corruption and integrity in Iraq’s public sector.

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Kurdistan Parliament formally ratifies Child Protection Law

In Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Parliament formally ratified the Child Protection Law on 28 July 2013. This important protection law seeks to improve the lifestyle of Kurdish children.  The long awaited ratification of the treaty, which demands protection of children’s rights, came after a long discussion among Kurdish law makers on Sunday. According to the law, this is the duty of government to enhance citizen’s understanding of child rights, and to deal with child labor that the region is facing.

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UNICEF Ambassador, Pau Gasol Visits Iraq

In Dohuk, UNICEF Spanish Committee Ambassador and two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol returned from a visit to Syrian refugees.

“I met children who have fled from a tragic situation in Syria and now depend on urgent humanitarian aid to save their lives and give them an opportunity to build a new life,” Gasol stated.

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A YOUTH SPACE FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN DOMIZ CAMP: UNFPA PEER EDUCATION TRAINING AND ACTIVITIES
UNFPA organized two parallel peer education training sessions in June and July with the participation of 34 young Syrian refugees and four women volunteers who work in the Women’s Social Centre.
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Women for Lasting Peace Initiative: Speaking with One Voice

Summer is not a synonym for holidays, at least not for the group of women leaders and MPs from the Women for Lasting Peace Initiative that met with UN representatives in Baghdad on 17 July 2013.

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Briefing of SRSG for Iraq Martin Kobler to UN Security Council
New York, 16 July 2013
Thank you, Madam President.

Please allow me first of all to wish a blessed fast to all those who are marking the Holy Month of Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak! 

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Security Council Removes Iraq from Chapter VII Obligations over Return of Kuwaiti Nationals

Foreign Minister Hails Text as ‘Significant Step’ in Mending Bilateral Ties

The Security Council today decided to remove Iraq from its obligations under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter concerning the return of Kuwaiti and third-State nationals or their remains and their property seized by Iraq’s former regime during its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

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Journalist and woman: A double challenge

Being a journalist in Iraq is still often a challenge, but being a woman journalist in Iraq is even more difficult. Under-represented, often underestimated and poorly equipped, the route is not easy for the women who hope to work in media.

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