http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter2014-03-10T03:34:24.216ZPress CenterAdobe CQCSO Peer Knowledge Exchange in Iraqnoemail@noemail.orgzaid.amarinPeer knowledge exchange is a powerful learning tool. This was demonstrated during the “2nd CSO Peer Knowledge Exchange Workshop” UNDP organized in Erbil from 25 to 27 February 2014.
This event is the second of its kind to bring together 31 CSOs to exchange experiences and learn from each other. CSOs were given a rare opportunity to share experiences and lessons learned with their peershttp://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/articles/2014/02/27/cso-peer-knowledge-exchange-in-iraq2014-03-06T10:15:50.768Z2014-03-06T10:15:50.768ZEstablishing ties between Iraqi Academic Diaspora and Iraqi Universitiesnoemail@noemail.orgzaid.amarinThe Local Area Development Programme (LADP) Phase II is a UNDP led multi-agency, multi-year programme which aims to ensure that all Iraqi citizens benefit from effective local development processes and have access to quality essential services.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/12/11/establishing-ties-between-iraqi-academic-diaspora-and-iraqi-universities2014-01-29T13:17:22.647Z2014-01-29T13:17:22.647ZLaunch of the “Enhancing protection for vulnerable women and girls among Syrian Refugees”firstname.lastname@example.orgFor this year's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, UNDP organized a live painting performance along with a short play in Kavargosk camp in Erbil to raise awareness on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and its social, legal, physical and mental health repercussions within the refugee community.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/12/09/launch-of-the-enhancing-protection-for-vulnerable-women-and-girls-among-syrian-refugees-2013-12-18T12:51:43.815Z2013-12-18T12:51:43.815ZUNDP helps protect Syrian refugees in northern Iraq from gender-based email@example.comUNDP is helping to enhance the protection of Syrian women and girls from sexual gender-based violence and trafficking. Funds are being utilised to provide emergency prevention and protection measures targeting women and girls vulnerable to abuse, human rights violations and exploitation.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/11/13/undp-supports-protection-of-syrian-refugees-in-northern-iraq2013-11-13T11:20:03.922Z2013-11-13T11:20:03.922ZAutomated court case management system revolutionises Baghdad courtroom firstname.lastname@example.orgCourtroom proceedings at Baghdad’s Rusafa Appellate Court have been revolutionised by the introduction of an automated court case management system (CCMS) designed to improve the efficiency and coordination of court activities.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/11/06/automated-court-case-management-system-revolutionises-baghdad-courtroom-proceedings2013-12-18T13:00:21.909Z2013-12-18T13:00:21.909ZNew help desk in Baghdad’s oldest court provides free legal assistance to women and most email@example.comA new legal help desk in Baghdad’s Rusafa Courthouse was inaugurated after Iraq’s Higher Judicial Council (HJC) partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Iraqi non-governmental organisation Dar Al Khibra to provide free legal services to indigent Iraqi citizens as part of a larger effort to strengthen the administration of and citizens’ access to justice in the country.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2013/11/03/new-help-desk-in-baghdad-s-oldest-court-provides-free-legal-assistance-to-women-and-most-vulnerable2013-11-05T08:33:52.735Z2013-11-05T08:33:52.735ZRehabilitated schools mean fewer children per classroom and increased quality of education in local communities – UNDP and Shell Iraqnoemail@noemail.orgzaid.amarinAl Nashwa, Basrah, Iraq, October 2013 – The United Nations Development Programme in Iraq and Shell Iraq Petroleum Development BV (SIPD) opened two newly rehabilitated schools that will support the education of approximately 800 primary school children in the Al-Nashwa community, which is close to Iraq’s Majnoon oilfield.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2013/10/01/rehabilitated-schools-mean-fewer-children-per-classroom-and-increased-quality-of-education-in-local-communities-undp-and-shell-iraq2014-03-10T12:18:50.088Z2014-03-10T12:18:50.088ZBuilding the Capacity of Iraq's Family Protection Unitsnoemail@noemail.orgisik.oguzertemUNDP is intensifying its support to this important institution through a series of training sessions on investigations, forensics, and interview techniques.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/09/26/building-the-capacity-of-iraq-s-family-protection-units2013-10-24T15:51:53.602Z2013-10-24T15:51:53.602ZUNDP in Iraq teams up with Iraqi oud virtuoso, Naseer Shamma, to celebrate Peace Daynoemail@noemail.orgisik.oguzertemThis year’s Peace Day celebrations focused on the theme Culture for Peace. Events included a concert in the National Theatre featuring world famous Iraqi oud musician, Naseer Shamma, a roundtable discussion livestreamed on YouTube, and the unveiling of a mural prepared by local artists calling for peace in Iraq.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/09/21/undp-in-iraq-teams-up-with-iraqi-oud-virtuoso-naseer-shamma-to-celebrate-peace-day2013-10-29T12:22:08.368Z2013-10-29T12:22:08.368ZEquity, equality, justice and inclusiveness agreed as principles of new Kurdistan Region Independent Board of Human Rightsnoemail@noemail.orgisik.oguzertem32 members of the Kurdistan Region Independent Board for Human Rights from Duhok, Erbil, and Sulaymaniyah met from 16-19 September 2013 in Erbil to discuss the vision of the Board and the way forward. Their objective was to develop a jointly agreed vision, outline the Kurdistan Region’s human rights priorities, and enhance the understanding of international standards and operating frameworks of National Human Rights Institutions.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/09/19/equity-equality-justice-and-inclusiveness-agreed-as-principles-of-new-kurdistan-region-independent-board-of-human-rights2013-09-26T08:18:12.776Z2013-09-26T08:18:12.776ZNurturing Youth Leadership in Iraqnoemail@noemail.orgisik.oguzertem70 young people attended a UNDP organized Youth Training Camp at the American University in Sulaymaniyah from 18 to 24 August, from nearly one thousand expressions of interest. This event represents a continuation of UNDP’s efforts to empower youth in terms of their participation in Iraq’s political future.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/09/02/youth-training-camp2013-10-27T09:11:04.040Z2013-10-27T09:11:04.040ZProviding free legal assistance for southern Iraq’s most vulnerable firstname.lastname@example.orgVulnerable groups in southern Iraq will soon be able to access free legal services directly from the Basrah Justice Palace. “By establishing a legal help desk directly inside the Basrah Justice Palace, we are minimising the time and money spent by vulnerable groups to seek legal assistance,” said Rini Reza, chief of the UN Development Programme’s democratic governance unit in Iraq. http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2013/08/26/-providing-free-legal-assistance-for-southern-iraq-s-most-vulnerable-2013-11-03T13:13:16.505Z2013-11-03T13:13:16.505ZProtecting and Promoting Women’s Rightsnoemail@noemail.orgisik.oguzertemMany women in Iraq are economically, socially and politically marginalised. In an effort to help address the obstacles facing the empowerment of Iraqi women, UNDP facilitated a meeting of key gender stakeholders and specialists to finalise a new bill that will establish a High Commission of Gender Fairness in Iraq.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/07/11/protecting-and-promoting-women-s-rights2013-09-24T10:15:27.496Z2013-09-24T10:15:27.496ZDecentralising Power in Iraqnoemail@noemail.orgzaid.amarinIn a move to decentralise governance in Iraq, the Council of Representatives has passed an amended Provincial Powers Act that will drastically redefine the mandate of local governments. The adoption of the act represents a significant step towards a decentralised Federal system.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/07/10/decentralising-power-in-iraq2013-09-09T09:39:59.318Z2013-09-09T09:39:59.318ZLaunch of Environment Strategy for Iraqnoemail@noemail.orgisik.oguzertemIraq is blessed with an abundance of natural resources including oil, gas and agricultural lands. Despite this, urgent measures are needed to control pollution and curb desertification and droughts that threaten their existence.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/06/25/launch-of-environment-strategy-for-iraq2013-09-24T10:17:05.017Z2013-09-24T10:17:05.017ZStudy on Corruption and Integrity in Iraq’s Public Sector Releasednoemail@noemail.orgisik.oguzertemIraq’s Commission of Integrity, with the support of the Central Statistics Office, has launched findings from its study on corruption and integrity in the country’s public sector.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2013/06/19/study-on-corruption-and-integrity-in-iraq-s-public-sector-released2013-09-09T09:28:45.917Z2013-09-09T09:28:45.917ZAdvocating Environmental Protectionnoemail@noemail.orgisik.oguzertemThe United Nations participated today in a national event to mark World Environment Day, where it renewed its commitment and support to the Government of Iraq in its efforts to preserve the environment and respond to climate change in Iraq.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2013/06/07/advocating-environmental-protection2013-09-09T09:49:24.962Z2013-09-09T09:49:24.962ZHelping 6 million Iraqis vulnerable to food email@example.comOn World Environment Day, the United Nations is highlighting the importance of sustainable environmental management to ensure food security. Nearly 6 million Iraqis face food deprivation and vulnerability.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2013/06/05/helping-6-million-iraqis-vulnerable-to-food-insecurity2013-09-09T10:11:49.430Z2013-09-09T10:11:49.430ZLaunch of Iraq’s First Anti-Corruption Curricula for Primary and Secondary Schoolsnoemail@noemail.orgzaid.amarinThe Ministry of Education has today launched new curricula for both primary and secondary schools in Iraq. The aim is to raise awareness and understanding of the concepts of integrity, transparency, human rights and honesty.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2013/05/27/launch-of-iraq-s-first-anti-corruption-curricula-for-primary-and-secondary-schools2013-09-09T11:01:26.001Z2013-09-09T11:01:26.001ZEnsuring their Voices are Heard – The Struggle of Female Parliamentariansnoemail@noemail.orgisik.oguzertemDespite Iraq’s successful fulfillment of its constitutional mandate to allocate 25 percent of all parliamentary seats to women, they remain underrepresented in the higher levels of the public sector and government.http://www.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/05/16/ensuring-their-voices-are-heard-the-struggle-of-female-parliamentarians2013-09-12T12:47:23.260Z2013-09-12T12:47:23.260Z