A promising partnership: UNDP and AUIB join hands for Iraq’s future
September 13, 2023
Baghdad, 13 September 2023 — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the American University of Iraq-Baghdad (AUIB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today, solidifying their joint commitment to fight corruption, promote integrity, enhance knowledge on arbitration law, and crucially, to promote innovation and youth employment, boost the renewable energies sector, foster environmental sustainability, and mitigate climate change. Addressing these critical issues is important for Iraq’s future, creating a conducive business environment that wins investors’ trust and at the same time promotes sustainable and equitable economic development, and by extension, social stability. All these are essential to the country’s advancement.
“This partnership is a milestone, as we journey towards Iraq's economic diversification and social development. Together with AUIB, we aim to harness the collective power of academia and international organizations to address key issues that are impeding the country’s development. It is my hope that, together, we will be able to rebuild investor trust, contribute to economic diversification and move towards the brighter, sustainable future that awaits the people of Iraq.” said Auke Lootsma, UNDP Iraq’s Resident Representative.
Contributing to Iraq’s future development
This partnership contributes to SDG 8: promoting economic growth and sustainable development, as it seeks to empower women, promote e-governance, digital transformation, and environmental sustainability, including climate resilience, green growth, and sustainable energy transition—unlocking the full potential of Iraqi society as we hit the halfway point of fulfillment of SDG 2030.
“AUIB is pleased to be the other half of transformative partnership with UNDP, making the first stride towards a more hopeful future, where knowledge, integrity, and innovation illuminate the path to a sustainable Iraq for all. Through the combined efforts of universities, the UNDP, and all stakeholders involved, it sets the stage for a prosperous future for Iraq,” said Dr. Michael Mulnix, President of AUIB.
UNDP is committed to working with partners worldwide to advance sustainable development, eradicate poverty, and promote good governance. AUIB, a prestigious academic institution fostering intellectual growth, innovation, and critical thinking, is equally dedicated to preparing graduates to effectively confront Iraq's economic and social challenges.
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