Denmark renews its support for the stability of liberated areas in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Denmark has announced an additional contribution of 50 million Danish kroner ($ 7.7 million) to the UNDP's Stabilization Initiative, which funds rapid stabilization initiatives in liberated areas from Daesh organization in Iraq.

"Significant progress has been made in the liberated areas, with millions of people returning to their homes and their communities , but with the pace of the returnees declining significantly, UNDP is giving priority," said Mohamed Seddik Al-Mudawi, head of UNDP's Stabilization Project, for areas with the most difficult conditions to return, and for this reason, this generous contribution comes at the right time. "

"We congratulate the Iraqi government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on the stabilization project, which has been instrumental in facilitating the return of millions of internally displaced people to vulnerable areas liberated from the organization of the Islamic state," said Danish Ambassador Geert Maincke.

Denmark remains committed to supporting the stabilization program and encouraging all parties to continue to seek solutions for the remaining 1.8 million internally displaced people in Iraq. "

At the request of the Government of Iraq, UNDP established the Restructuring Project in June 2015 to protect against the return of violence and extremism, to facilitate the return of displaced persons and to lay the foundation for reconstruction and recovery. Some 2,500 projects have been implemented or are being completed to assist the authorities In the rapid restoration of infrastructure and basic services. More than 95 per cent of these projects have been implemented using local companies from a total of re-stabilization projects, supporting local employment opportunities and reviving the economy.

Denmark's total contribution since 2015 is 296 million Danish kroner (46 million US dollars), making it the sixth largest donor to the program.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency