Partnership and cooperation with Iraq’s Parliament
UNDP and the Council of Representatives signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 2 December 2012 that defines their future cooperation and partnership.
The UNDP Resident Representative Jacqueline Badcock and Dr Qusay Abdul Wahhab Al-Suhail the Deputy First Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament signed the MoU.
Helen Clark, the UNDP Administrator who was visiting Iraq attended the signing ceremony after her meetings with senior officials at the Parliament including the Speaker, the Deputy First Speaker and the Secretary General..
The meetings underscored the importance of the partnership with UNDP, on-going daily challenges faced by Parliamentary staff and exploring new tools to continue providing technical assistance and capacity building support to upgrade the functioning of the most critical institution of democratic governance in Iraq.
“This MoU highlights UNDP’s commitment to providing world class expertise for capacity building purposes” said Helen Clark at the signing ceremony. “UNDP will expose the Iraqi Council of Representatives to global best practices and on supporting outreach capacities with civil society and other Iraqi constituencies” she added.
The MOU has an initial four year duration and comes after more than 12 months of partnership that UNDP has built up with the Parliament to strengthen the professional capacities of the Parliament’s Secretariat, review the operating rules and procedure of key Parliamentary Committees and promote the competence and role of women in Parliament within specific Committees or within the administration.
“This MOU will help us build further on the work and achievements accomplished to date and will strengthen our cooperation as we go forward” stated Dr. Qusay, Deputy First Speaker.
Over the past year, UNDP has deployed senior international experts to support a strategic planning exercise, reviewed the structures and operating processes of departments and committees and shared international best practices through several study tours and workshops.