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UN Teams With Iraq Govt To Boost Local Authorities

Iraq: UN agencies team with Government to boost local authorities

The Government of Iraq and seven United Nations agencies have launched a new initiative aimed at boosting the capacities of local authorities to carry through on development plans in partnership with the private sector and the community.

The programme will be carried out in Sulamaniya, Babel, and the Marshlands in a bid to stimulate local economic development and improve local infrastructure and basic services, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said in a news release.

The pilot phase is operating on a contribution of $30 million from the European Commission (EC) channelled through the UN Development Group Iraq Trust Fund and should offer lessons to guide expansion of the programme to other areas, UNAMI said.

Participating agencies are the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT), International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).


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