Baghdad, 04 August 2017– The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Implementation and Follow Up National Reconciliation Committee (IFNRC) of the Office of Iraq’s Prime Minister signed, in Baghdad, a flagship partnership agreement to promote civic and community-based reconciliation in Iraq.
Through the partnership, UNDP will promote and support local peace committees and will help communities to collect information on atrocities and violations committed against citizens during the conflict.
President of IFNRC, Dr. Mohammed Salman Al-Saadi, said: “After the defeat of Daesh, national reconciliation has shifted to the top of the government agenda, particularly the community reconciliation. This partnership with UNDP will make a real difference where it matters most: in the lives of Iraqi citizens across the length and breadth of this country.”
UNDP Resident Representative for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, said: “Reconciliation is one of the highest priorities in the country. UNDP promises to do its very best to support the Government and Iraqi people as they work together to rebuild their communities after the terrible experience of the conflict."
Ms. Grande added: “UNDP is already helping to physically rebuild liberated cities and districts. The aim of this new partnership is to focus on reconciliation to ensure that peace lasts.”