Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director for Arab States visits Baghdad to reinforce partnership and announce expanded presence

Nov 16, 2011

A senior United Nations Development Programme official concluded today a visit to Baghdad where she announced an increased presence of staff in Iraq and confirmed a renewed commitment to the Iraqi people through enhanced partnership and cooperation.

"We have tripled the number of our staff based in Iraq to 44 with further increases planned in the next year. Each and every one of them is committed to improving the lives of Iraqis through an enhanced partnership with the Government of Iraq and its people" said Ms. Amat Al Alim Alsoswa UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Ms Alsoswa began her visit to Baghdad meeting with the Foreign Minister Mr. Hoshyar Zebari where they discussed the development needs of Iraq, engaging more women in the peace and reconciliation process, cost sharing of projects and the increased UNDP presence in the country. Ms. Alsoswa also met with several other top government officials and representatives from civil society, the private sector and the international community. " I am truly delighted and honoured to be in Baghdad. I take note of the significant progress that Iraq has achieved in overcoming years of conflict and is now on the right development track" Ms Alsoswa added.

Welcoming Ms. Al-Soswa, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Iraq Ms. Christine McNab said: "This visit boosts UNDP's work in Iraq where it has been actively engaged since 1976 in supporting Iraq's efforts in the areas of democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery and energy and environment".

Marking the anniversary of 35 years of partnership in Iraq, UNDP will look at engaging the Government of Iraq as a key partner to support Iraq in its endeavours in the areas of fighting corruption, improving basic services, protecting human rights and generating sustainable jobs.

"UNDP has recently signed a new four-year country programme with the Government of Iraq. This partnership focuses on strengthening democratic governance, combating poverty, empowering Iraqi women and youth, promoting environmental protection and supporting the revitalisation of Iraq's economy" said Peter Batchelor the Country Director of UNDP in Iraq.

Contact Information

Ms. Juliette Touma, UNDP Iraq,, +962-79-826-34-37

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