On October 22, 2020, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Regional Office for West Asia and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq. The goal of the MoU is to spur progress toward the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, while focusing efforts on achieving environmental SDGs. One specific goal of the MoU is to place environmental sustainability at the forefront of Iraq’s COVID-19 response.
Given a successful track record of joint projects between the UNDP in Iraq and the UNEP’s Regional Office, the outlook of these efforts is promising. If successful, the project will simultaneously address environmental crises in Iraq, while supporting the country’s economic recovery post-pandemic.