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15 July 2015

 Mr. Yukio Okamoto

 9 July 2015 / Events
Learning from Japan: "economic revival after the war relied on local craftsmanship combined with technology"  

For a sound process of post-conflict reconstruction, what needs to be in place is security but also unity, especially from different communities in the country. Japanese reconstruction was aided by the unity of the people and the same is possible in Iraq.  
Read more here & watch the video recording here.

Congressman Lincoln Davis at MERI

8 July 2015 / Meetings 
True Democracy Relies on Rule of Law 

"genuine desire for progress in the Kurdistan Region...and more needs to be done to convince the US congress to play a role in strengthening the US - KRG relationship. The West has ignored a people that could have provided leadership in the region.   
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Domiz Refugee Camp in Duhok

7 July 2015 / Projects 
Learning lessons for a resilience-based development response to the Syrian refugee crisis 

Commissioned and funded by the UNDP in Iraq, this project aimed to evaluate the feasibility of transforming the refugee camps in Kurdistan Region and neighboring towns into resilient communities. This implied putting forward strategies that empower the people's own ability to achieve their own livelihood expectations and reduce their dependence on external aid.   
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Mr. Joseph Pennington US Consul General to the KRI

 29 June 2015 / Events
KRG should develop a political system which is based on transparency and rule of law

"The present crisis presented an opportunity for the Kurdistan Region to meet political, security and economic challenges" Mr Joseph Pennington, the United States outgoing Consul General to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Meeting the Constitution Committee

24 June 2015 / Projects
MERI firmly advocates for the incorporation of minorities' rights in the Kurdistan Region's Constitution

Kurds should implant for the minorities in Kurdistan Region's constitution what they wanted to be enshrined in the Iraqi constitution. This should include incorporating the minorities symbols in the Kurdistan Region's flag and national anthem, officially recognizing their distinct languages, promoting their cultural heritage and guaranteeing their right of power-sharing and active role in the overall decision-making process. 
Read more here.


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