World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


UN Seeks Help Rehabilitating Najaf And Sadr City


Iraqi Officials Seek UN Help In Rehabilitating Najaf And Sadr City

Iraqi officials today sought United Nations help in rehabilitating urban areas hard-hit by recent clashes, including Najaf and Sadr city in Baghdad.

Iraq's Minister of Planning and Development, Mahdi al Hafez, relayed the request during a meeting with the Deputy UN Special Representative for Iraq, Ross Mountain, who arrived in Baghdad on Sunday evening.

Mr. al Hafez voiced appreciation for the level of coordination between the UN and Iraq, noting that many rehabilitation projects - focusing on water, electricity, education and health - are already receiving financial support from the UN Development Group Trust Fund for Iraq.

Mr. Mountain was later briefed on Iraq's electoral process by Carlos Valenzuela, the head of the UN Electoral Team in the country, who said he will soon accompany members of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq to the north to discuss polling modalities for the election of the Kurdistan National Assembly.

In other meetings today, Human Rights Office Elio Tamburi discussed the promotion of the rule of law in the war-ravaged country with Bakhtiar Amin, the Minister of Human Rights, who said plans are underway for Iraq to ratify the Convention against Torture.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news