Three United Nations organisations sign 2011-2014 programme action plans with the government of Iraq
Baghdad- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have today signed their Country Programme Action Plans for their respective 2011-2014 Programmes of Cooperation with the Government of Iraq. The signings endorse the key results the agencies will deliver over the next four years in support of the Government of Iraq’s development agenda.
“These signings ensure the United Nations’ support in many critical areas of the Government of Iraq’s National Development Plan, including the attainment of its Millennium Development Goal targets by 2015 to improve the well-being of the Iraqi population” said Christine McNab, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq. “Activities will be undertaken to build the Government of Iraq’s capacity to deliver essential services to those most in need, create employment opportunities, and strengthen mechanisms to improve governance and protect the fundamental rights of all citizens.”
Via a robust Public Sector Modernisation programme, the three United Nations organisations will contribute to creating a public sector that delivers high quality and equitable services, especially in the are as of education, water and sanitation, and health services. Additionally, assistance will be given to the rehabilitation of existing run-down power stations as well as the building of new power stations, clearance of mines and other remnants of war will continue and environmental programmes will start together with the government and local communities.
Children and young adults up to 35 years of age, who represent 80% of the Iraqi population, need quality education and meaningful economic opportunities that enable them to become the drivers of a future stable and prosperous Iraq. Education and health programmes are essential and through a Private Sector Development Programme, the private sector will be stimulated to create more jobs in a more diversified economy. By promoting equal opportunities for men and women in terms of education and employment, a more gender-balanced workforce will be created in which women and men alike will participate in the political, economic and social recovery of Iraq.
The UN will intensify efforts to strengthen the capacity of key institutions, such as the Council of Representatives and Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), to promote inclusive and participatory governance. To accelerate efforts to tackle corruption, the UN will build the capacity of the Commission of Integrity. A youth strategy that creates mechanisms for 15-24 year olds to be active in the country’s development will be launched. The UN will also support the establishment of the Human Rights Commission. The Rule of Law, independence of the judiciary and access to justice for all, including women and children, will be promoted.
The three organisations’ Country Programme Action Plans are costed at over $600 million over a four year period, which represents more than one-third of the total resources required for the United Nations programme in Iraq as agreed with the Government for 2011-2014.