Three United Nations organisations sign 2011-2014 programme action plans with 
the government of Iraq

Mar 14, 2011

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.

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