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Iraq: UNDP/UN-HABITAT Media Advisory: Steering Committee of EU-funded programme Supporting Recovery and Stability in Iraq through Local Development to hold press conference in Erbil on 17 April 2019

2019/04/15 | 20:35

(Hatha al-Youm | Iraq News)- Source: UN Assistance Mission for Iraq

Country: Iraq

MEDIA ADVISORY



Steering Committee of EU-funded programme



Supporting Recovery and Stability in Iraq through Local Development to hold press conference in Erbil on 17 April 2019



Erbil, 15 April 2019 – Following the recent launch of the programme Supporting Recovery and Stability in Iraq through Local Development, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), media representatives are cordially invited to a press conference in Erbil, on 17 April 2019.



The press conference will be conducted by the programme’s Steering Committee. This decision-making body is comprised of Iraq’s Minister of Planning, Dr. Nouri Al Dulaimi, Kurdistan Region’s Minister of Planning, Dr. Ali Sindi, as well as the Governors of Anbar, Basra, Duhok, Erbil, Missan, Ninewah, Salah al-Din, Sulaimaniyah, and Thi Qar, where the programme will be active. Members also include UNDP and UN-Habitat as implementing partners, along with the EU Head of Delegation and Delegation Cooperation Section as donor representatives.



The Steering Committee will discuss and endorse the programme’s workplan, identifying key priority projects to be implemented. Utilizing EU funding of €47.5 million over 4 years, the projects will be derived from the Provincial Development Plans and the Sustainable Energy Action Plans, developed under the flagship Local Area Development Programme (LADP II) that concluded in mid 2018. The programme revolves around supporting the decentralization of powers from central to local authorities, including through the development of institutional capacities, the optimization of revenue generation systems, peer-to-peer partnerships with EU local authorities, and the empowerment of civil society to advocate for local development causes.



Governorate representatives will be invited to sign the Charter of Principles that sets out an agreed upon framework between each Governorate, UNDP and UN-Habitat. The framework defines roles and responsibilities and will govern the implementation of the programme.



For more information, the programme fact sheet can be downloaded through this link: https://bit.ly/2Wlw17ehttps://bit.ly/2Wlw17e?fbclid=IwAR2AfOzKTJmd773fMbuiWR91zQe5cwgQaCTJEjm6CkqE9uipmXS5dACNO_0.



What: Press conference of the EU-funded programme’s Steering Committee



When: 17 April 2019, 0945 – 1045



Where: Gulan Tower, 21st Floor, Erbil



Speakers include:



· Dr. Nouri Al Dulaimi, Minister of Planning, Federal Government of Iraq



· Dr. Ali Sindi, Minister of Planning, Kurdistan Regional Government · Mr. Augusto Piccagli, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Iraq · Mr. Vakhtang Svanidze, Officer-in-Charge, UNDP Iraq · Ms. Isabela Uribe, Head of UNDP Office in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I)



· Ms. Yuko Otsuki, Head of UN-Habitat Iraq, a.i.



Languages: Arabic, Kurdish and English



Media representatives are kindly requested to confirm their attendance by 16 April 2019.









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