UN-Habitat issues occupancy certificates to returnees in Sinuni/Sinjar, Ninewah Governorate

Sinuni, 31 August 2017: To ensure tenure security to Iraqui Yazidi people, UN-Habitat has handed over occupancy certificates for renovated houses to returnees in Sinuni and Sinjar in the Ninewah Governorate.

Following the ISIL/Da’ish offensive on Sinjar district, over 275,000 people from Mount Sinjar area - including a vast majority of Yazidis - were driven out of their homes. Abandoned Yazidi settlements were either systematically demolished or seized by ISIL fighters. Some 3,000 homes are thought to have been destroyed or burned down in the sub-district of Sinuni alone.


UN-Habitat hands over rehabilitated houses facilitating the return of 3419 to Ramadi

Ramadi, 20 March 2017 –UN-Habitat recently handed over 489 housing units in Ramadi that were rehabilitated or installed under the project “Promoting Urban Recovery in Newly Liberated Areas in Iraq”. The project undertaken by UN-Habitat Iraq Programme, was generously funded by the Government of Japan.


Government of Japan offers Hope for Internally Displaced Students in Fallujah

28 June 2016 - With generous support from the Government of Japan, temporary premises providing 25 classrooms, 128 residential units with accommodation for 512 students, basic site infrastructure and an administration building have been constructed at Fallujah University with technical support provided by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).


Urban issues

GDP Growth: -0.5% (2014)

Inequality adjusted Human Development Index rank: 120/187 (2013)

Population: 35.1 million (2014)

Urban Population: 69% (2014)

Youth population (15-29): 28% (2014)

Internally Displaced Persons (Anbar/Mosul crisis) 3.3 million (2015)

Population Growth Rate: 3% (2013)

Urbanization Growth Rate: 3% (2013)

Proportion of urban population living in slum areas: 7.7% (2013)

Ongoing Conflict and Displacement

Community Development Centre and Park inaugurated in Kurani Ainkawa, Erbil

Erbil, 12 May 2016 – To mark the closure of a comprehensive informal settlement upgrading intervention in Erbil, a community development centre and a neighbourhood park were opened this week opened in Kurani Ainkawa. The Improving Housing Delivery System in Erbil - Upgrading of Kurani Ainkawa Informal Settlement project is funded by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and implemented by UN-Habitat in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). UN-Habitat’s Deputy Executive Director Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Kurdistan Minister of Planning Dr.


United Nations’ project extends help to Iraq’s Kurdistan region

Erbil, 11 May 2016 -- The progress achieved under the project Establishing a Building Control Regime for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), was discussed in a ministerial meeting held in Ebril late last month. Minister of Planning Mr.


Inauguration of IDP Shelter Site in Al Amal Al Mansood under UN-Habitat project funded by the Government of Japan

On 28 April 2016, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) organized a ceremony for delivery of a new IDP shelter site in Al-Amal Al-Manshood, Baghdad funded by the Government of Japan. The ceremony took place in the newly developed IDP shelter site delivered by UN-Habitat. The new IDP site was planned and equipped with durable prefabricated shelter units, basic infrastructure and public facilities.