Press Release

Government of Iraq and UN Iraq Convene Second Joint Steering Committee Meeting

06 June 2024

Baghdad, 6 June 2024 – The Government of Iraq and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Iraq convened the annual meeting of the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) of the UN Cooperation Framework (2020-2024) at the Ministry of Planning in Baghdad today. The meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Mohammed Tamim, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning, and Mr. Ghulam M. Isaczai, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.

The Joint Steering Committee which provides strategic oversight and direction for the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), brought together over 50 representatives from the UN agencies, funds and programmes as well as senior government officials from relevant ministries and national institutions. The purpose was to reflect on collective achievements, challenges, and lessons learned during the implementation of the UN Cooperation Framework in 2023.   

The UN Annual Results Report for 2023 was also presented at the meeting. Reflecting on a recent independent evaluation of the current Framework and findings, participants further discussed the results and lessons learned to inform the design of the new UNSDCF 2025-2029.

Addressing the session, H.E. Mohammed Tamim expressed appreciation to the UNCT for their work in preparing the Cooperation Framework and expressed gratitude to the Government offices and other stakeholders for their contributions for the collective achievements. He emphasized the importance of national ownership of the Framework to reflect the priorities and aspirations of the Government.

In his part, Mr. Ghulam M. Isaczai thanked the Government for its support and engagement in the implementation process. He further highlighted the importance of partnership with government institutions as well as international development partners which have generously funded implementation of the Cooperation Framework responding to national development priorities and achievement of the SDGs.


Zainab Salih

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