Shafaq News/ The US State Department said on Saturday that the meeting of the Higher Coordination Committee between the Republic of Iraq and the United States in Washington confirmed the expansion of US support for Iraq.
In a statement, the ministry touched on a number of themes in my agency:
Public health and the epidemic:
• The United States will donate to Iraq 500,000 doses of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine through the Kovacs Initiative.
• The US Department of State provides Iraq with $800,000 to enhance safety measures to prevent the misuse of biological samples and medical equipment.
• The United States continues to support efforts to prevent COVID-19 through community awareness, vaccine acceptance, the sustainability of primary health care services, and the provision of mental health and psychosocial support.
• The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention trains public health workers to mitigate health risks associated with large gatherings, improve infection prevention and control, and strengthen management and coordination in responding to public health emergencies.
• The United States announced $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance to provide shelter, health care, food, water, and hygiene services throughout Iraq. This funding also helps displaced Iraqis obtain civil documentation and legal services, improves the capacity of health care facilities, and increases access to education and employment opportunities.
Clean energy and climate change:
· The United States intends to provide technical assistance in the area of renewable energy and climate adaptation.
The United States commended Iraq for now providing a revised “Nationally Determined Contribution” under the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The United States intends to cooperate with Iraq to enhance climate management capacity to mitigate and mitigate gas flaring, develop renewable and clean energy initiatives, promote water conservation, and support the protection of Iraq’s native flora and fauna.
The United States encouraged Iraq to participate in the Agricultural Innovation Mission for Climate initiative.
US and Iraqi scientists and academics intend to exchange views on climate adaptation and mitigation.
The United States and Iraq discussed ways to promote bioenergy projects with American companies and facilitate trade in American agricultural products.
The United States is ready to help Iraq implement the “white paper” for economic reform, with assistance from the US Agency for International Development and a possible new program from the State Department focused on fiscal transparency.
The US International Development Finance Corporation continues to partner with Iraq on the Memorandum of Understanding and intends to invest up to $1 billion to boost private sector activity that creates jobs and opportunities for Iraqis.
The US International Development Finance Corporation intends to hold a virtual meeting with US and Iraqi companies this year to help facilitate investment projects.
Human Rights and Elections:
• The two delegations discussed how the United States can best support the Iraqi government to protect protesters, activists, women in public life, and journalists, and pursue judicial accountability for violent crimes against these groups.
• The United States recently provided $9.7 million to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for election-related technical assistance. The United States reviewed plans to provide up to an additional $5.2 million for the UNAMI Election Observation Team pending engagement with Congress.
• The two countries agreed that the presence of a UNAMI monitoring team and an EU observer team represents a sincere effort by the international community to support the Iraqi people’s demands for free and fair elections in October.
• The United States reaffirmed its continued determination to support Iraq in helping the communities targeted by ISIS recover, and to work towards the rehabilitation and peaceful social reintegration of Iraqis with perceived or actual family ties to ISIS—particularly women and children.
• The United States commended the Government of Iraq for passing the Yazidi Survivors Law, and the two delegations agreed on the need to implement it and support the new Directorate of Survivors’ Affairs in the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, to facilitate the provision of services and compensation to Yazidi survivors of ISIS. The Government of Iraq has committed to passing a Supreme Court law to advance justice for ISIS survivors.
Higher education, science and culture:
The United States has provided $17.5 million since 2017 in assistance to support nongovernmental, not-for-profit higher education institutions in Iraq.
The United States, Iraq and the Smithsonian Institution decided to expand and extend the Nimrod rescue project.
The United States provides assistance to conservation projects in Babylon, Mosul, Erbil, and other sites at risk.
The United States will launch a new virtual museum initiative in cooperation with the State Council of Antiquities and Heritage under the name “Treasures of Mesopotamia,” which will bring the rich Iraqi cultural heritage to millions via the Internet.
The United States will allocate $1.2 million to the Liberated Universities Initiative, which restores Iraqi universities in Nineveh after they were destroyed by ISIS.
The United States and Iraq reaffirmed their commitment to producing strong “work-ready” Iraqi college graduates and professionals through enhanced teaching methods, expanded educational opportunities, and scholarships through the Higher Education Partnership, the Fulbright Program, the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, and the English Language Small Grants Program.