Today, Monday, the Minister of Planning, Prof. Dr. Khaled Battal Al-Najm, renewed Iraq's full commitment to achieving the goals adopted within the 2030 Sustainable Development Plan and the serious pursuit of achieving them, which include spreading social justice, attention to issues of the elderly, the displaced, women, youth and people with disabilities, special needs, and its keenness to implement policies aimed at mitigating From poverty.
The Minister added, in his speech during the ceremony held by the Ministry, on the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the Nairobi Conference on Population and Development, that the goals that Iraq committed to at the Nairobi Conference on Population and Development require a lot of effort and joint cooperation in order to provide integrated and comprehensive health care and strive to reduce The mortality rate is 50% and strengthening the role of the private sector in implementing and financing projects, indicating that Iraq faces great challenges, especially after its exposure to the Covid 19 pandemic and the repercussions it has caused on vulnerable groups in society, including women and underage girls, and contributed to the high rate of societal violence against women, as well as Poverty and unemployment rates in the country, explaining that this comes in light of another challenge represented by high population growth rates estimated at (2.6%), which requires doubling the resources needed to meet the multiple needs of the growing population after the population of Iraq has exceeded 40 Million people, pointing out that the percentage of the population of working age (15-64 years) amounted to more than 56%.
He called on donor partners and international organizations to provide more support and aid to Iraq to enable it to fulfill its obligations.
For her part, the representative of the United Nations Population Fund, Dr. Rita Colombia, said that Iraq made 20 commitments at the Nairobi Population and Development Summit, which included priorities in reproductive health, demographic diversity, women's empowerment, financing sustainable development goals and development and population programs, confirming the fund’s readiness to provide the necessary support to Iraq. Noting that their plan for this year aims to raise the level of participation and support for family planning, life skills and youth support.
In addition, the celebration witnessed the presentation of a number of presentations and papers presented by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Planning, Dr. Maher Hammad Johan, the Director General of Human Development at the Ministry, Dr. Maha Al-Rawi, and the consultant of the United Nations Population Fund, Dr. Mahdi Al-Alaq, which dealt with the reality of population policies, the steps achieved, and the role The various sectors in achieving the sustainable development goals, and the next steps in this field
The ceremony was attended by Mrs. Evan Faeq, Minister of Immigration and Displacement, a number of ministries' undersecretaries and general directors, representatives of the private sector, civil society organizations and university professors.