• Total value of UN-Habitat investments (2013-2017): US$ 47,080,937
  • Total number of UN-Habitat projects (2013-2017): 11 projects
  • Main donors: The Government of Iraq, UNDP, UNFPA, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM, United States), UNOCHA, Government of Japan
  • Implementing partners: IOM, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNOPS, WHO, UNOCHA, UNHCR, BPRM (Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migrants/ Department of State).

Iraq has an urban legacy. Cities started around 5000 years ago, when fertile land within some of the world’s greatest river valleys such as the Tigris and Euphrates were successfully farmed to create agricultural surplus and became densely populated with settlements of 30,000 to 40,000 people.

UN-Habitat, as the UN programme promoting sustainable urban development, is proud to work within this deeply historic context. The challenges of Iraq’s cities today are very real. They accommodate more than 70% of the population and are growing rapidly.

Many people, particularly the poor, live in sub standard housing and informal settlements and suffer the health impacts of polluted water sources and growing traffic congestion. Women and children, whose focus is predominantly the home, experience the reality of poor services and absence of local amenities most acutely.

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