Press Release

Statement from UNAMI on Misinformation Regarding the Departure of SRSG Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert

14 February 2024

Baghdad, 14 February: UNAMI would like to set the record straight regarding the recent circulation of misleading reports in various Iraqi traditional and social media outlets concerning the departure of Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), in May.

UNAMI emphasizes that the SRSG's departure in May aligns with usual practices within the United Nations, including the standard rotation of senior UN officials.

With regard to The Guardian’s report about allegations of corruption, UNDP has issued a statement on 23 January 2024 (link to the statement). Furthermore, we would like to underscore that UNAMI and UNDP have different governance and financial structures.

We urge media outlets to prioritize accuracy and refrain from disseminating misleading information. More broadly, the impact of mis- and disinformation cannot be overstated.

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