Selected UN Press Releases and Briefings
This page contains a partial listing of UN press releases and briefings
relating to Iraq. A listing of press releases issued by the UN Headquarters
in New York can be found at the UN News
Centre. Links to press releases issued by UN agencies such as Unicef
may be listed in their entries on our information
sources page. The press releases felt by us to particularly important
are marked with a green star, .
by Benon V. Sevan, Executive Director of the UN Iraq Programme, to the
Security Council (29 May 2002). A Reuters summary is "Iraq-U.N.
Oil Price Dispute Bankrupts UN Goods Plan".
by Benon V. Sevan, Executive Director of the UN Iraq Programme,
briefing the Security Council about his recent visit to Iraq, 26 February
"The work of the Security Council [Sanctions] Committee has
bogged down almost to a standstill; one could say - without any
hesitation - that the work of the Committee is paralyzed with numerous
issues awaiting action for long periods of time. There is a need
for a serious review of the workings of the Committee [...]. Unless
this is carried out, and carried out most urgently, the effective
implementation of the [oil for food] programme may grind to a halt.
We already are witnessing major cracks in our capacity to implement
the programme effectively, with so many political and procedural
hurdles, compounded by substantial drop in revenues available for
- Letter from Benon Sevan, Executive Director of the UN Office of the
Iraq Programme, expresses "grave concern at the unprecedented surge
in the volume of holds placed on contracts by the [UN Sanctions] committee"
(7 January 2002). A copy of the full text of the letter and the accompanying
statistics are here (note: PDF
file, 400KB). Also remarked upon in the OIP
weekly report and in a report
from the UN News Centre.
Briefing by UN Coordinator in Iraq (30 November 2001): "It was not
the lack of food or medicine that was killing the children. Many deaths
could be attributed to the lack of clean water and poor sanitary conditions."
Slightly different version
from the UN News Centre (30 November 2001): "The biggest killer
of children is not lack of food or medicine but of water and sanitation
- clean water and sanitation are absolutely necessary for the children
of the country".
Briefing by UN Coordinator in Iraq (19 October 2000).
humanitarian work for Iraq frought with risks: UN official tells Security
Council (21 September 2000).
Baghdad, UN official calls for improved efficiency of oil-for-food scheme
(15 August 2000).
names two new oil overseers for Iraq(11 August 2000).
UN official heads for Iraq to review oil-for-food programme (31
kills two, wounds six at UN food agency headquarters in Baghdad
(28 June 2000).
Speakers call for clearer definition, tighter targeting of UN sanctions
as Council draws on lessons learned to refine sanctions regimes
(17 April 2000).
Secretary-General reviews lessons learned during Sanctions Decade in
remarks to International Peace Academy seminar (17 April 2000).
Press conference on sanctions by Security Council President (17
Security Council, adopting Resolution 1293 (2000) unanimously, doubles
amount Iraq may spend for oil spare parts, equipment (31 March 2000).
Secretary-General appoints Tun Myat of Myanmar as United Nations Humanitarian
Coordinator in Iraq (29 March 2000).
Secretary-General says Security Council should seek every opportunity
to alleviate suffering of people of Iraq (24 March 2000).
Security Council meets to consider humanitarian situation in Iraq; Secretary-General
describes 'moral dilemma' for United Nations (24 March 2000).
United Nations Compensation Commission pays out $361 million (21
Governing Council of United Nations Compensation Commission concludes
thirty-fifth session (17 March 2000).
Press briefing by outgoing Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (1
Press briefing by Chairman of United Nations Monitoring, Verification
and Inspection Commission (1 March 2000).
United Nations Compensation Commission pays out $741,524,926.44
(17 February 2000).
Secretary-General appoints Hans Blix of Sweden Executive Chairman of
UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (27 January
Atomic energy inspectors conclude nuclear materials inspection in Iraq
(26 January 2000).
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