Iraq (UNAMI)

Background

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is a political mission established in 2003 following the onset of the Iraq War and the fall of the regime of Saddam Hussein.

UNAMI works to advise and assist the government and Iraqi people on key issues such as advancing political dialogue and national reconciliation, assisting in the electoral process, facilitating regional dialogue between Iraq and its neighbors, and promoting the protection of human rights and judicial and legal reforms. The mandate also tasks UNAMI with working with government partners and civil society to coordinate the humanitarian and development efforts of the UN agencies, funds and programs in the country.

How UNAMI Supports U.S. Interests

UNAMI carries out a number of activities critical to the country’s stability and development, a key U.S. priority.

Facilitates humanitarian assistance

UNAMI helps to coordinate the delivery of humanitarian aid from UN agencies to the millions of people who have been displaced by conflict.

Provides electoral support

UNAMI has long-played a pivotal role in elections, including helping to establish and train Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission and providing strategic and technical assistance on public outreach, electoral security, and voter registration software.

Promotes stability

Even after the fall of ISIS, UNAMI’s work in strengthening the capacity of the new Iraqi government is vital to maintaining security both within the country and regionally.

UNAMI is classified as a “special political mission,” which means its funding comes out of the regular UN budget, of which the U.S. pays a total of 22%. This assessment determines the U.S. share for UNAMA. Read more about how the UN is funded.

Total: $49,800,000

U.S. Share: $11,000,000

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