Press Release

Launch of the Joint Coordination Forum (JCF) in Basra: A Collaborative Milestone for Sustainable Development and Climate Resilience in Iraq

29 February 2024

29 February 2024, Basra, Iraq – Today, H.E. Mr. Asaad Al-Aidani, Governor of Basra and Mr. Ghulam Mohammad Isaczai, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator, and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC) launched the Joint Coordination Forum (JCF) in Basra.

The JCF, established following consultations with the Government of Iraq, and particularly the General Secretariat for the Council of Ministers (COMSEC), aims to streamline governorate-level coordination by bringing together diverse development actors to avoid duplication, share information, and align activities with local priorities to enhance partnership and collaboration. This innovative mechanism spans the conflict-affected governorates of Ninewa, Kirkuk, Salah al-din, Diyala, Anbar, in addition to Kurdistan Region, and Basra.

"Bringing together humanitarian and development actors with government authorities to address the multifaceted challenges, especially those related to climate change, the JCF is a cornerstone in our collaborative efforts," stated Mr. Ghulam Mohammad Isaczai. "Together, we are committed to fostering a sustainable and brighter future for Iraq and its people."

His Excellency Mr. Asaad Al-Aidani highlighted the critical role of United Nations organizations and the JCF, stating: "The importance of UN organizations and their effective role in various fields cannot be overstated. The JCF is crucial at this stage for creating opportunities for cooperation and collaboration between the UN and the local government."


Zainab Salih

Communications Officer

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United Nations Resident Coordinator Office
UN Assistance Mission for Iraq

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