On behalf of HE OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani, Ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev participated in the Iraq Pledging Conference, which was organized by the US State Department in Washington DC on 20 July 2016. The Conference was held at the ministerial level and was co-hosted by the US, Canada, Germany, Japan, Kuwait and the Netherlands, to mobilize international support to meet near-term funding requirements for Iraq, estimated at $2 billion, in four critical-need areas, namely:
- Humanitarian assistance;
- UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization
- UNDP’s new Funding Facility for Expanded Stabilization (FFES), to provide pivotal, medium-term stabilization initiatives to foster resiliency and recovery in Da’esh liberated areas.
The humanitarian assistance raised primarily supports UN agencies operating in Iraq, as well as other international organizations and non-governmental organizations. Participating donors expressed their belief that the stabilization pledges generated through the pledging initiative will contribute meaningfully to longer-term reconciliation efforts within Iraq, the success of which is vital for the country’s longer-term stability and recovery from destruction and fragmentation caused by Da’esh. The donors, moreover, expressed their commitment to assisting Iraq, and urged the entire international community including all governments, organizations, and individuals to support the efforts of the UN and its funds and agencies.