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Canadian money for Iraq marks way forward

Largest ever Canadian contribution for Iraqi children

BEIJING/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 October 2003 – UNICEF said today that a large Canadian cash contribution will be used to expand and strengthen the delivery of health and education services to Iraqi children and women.

The $40 million contribution will be spent over a period of three years.

Speaking from China, UNICEF chief Carol Bellamy said that the contribution, the largest ever received from Canada by UNICEF, will be used to restore social services depleted by decades of conflict and neglect.

“This generous donation from Canada is a significant commitment to a better future for Iraq,” said Bellamy. “It strengthens our resolve to get on with our work in Iraq because we know that we have the confidence of partners like the Canadian government.”

The money will be used for programmes to reduce infant and maternal mortality; for the rehabilitation of water and sanitation utilities in rural and semi-urban areas; for basic education for disadvantaged children and women; and for a range of child protection schemes to enhance the treatment of children with disabilities, juvenile offenders, orphans, street children, and children suffering from trauma.

For further information, please contact:

Damien Personnaz, UNICEF Geneva:
+ 41–22–909–5716, dpersonnaz@unicef.org

Gordon Weiss, UNICEF New York:
+ 1–212–326-7426, gweiss@unicef.org




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