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The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) is dedicated to bringing together Iraqi and international civil societies through concrete actions to build together another Iraq, with peace and Human Rights for all.
Baghdad Council for Social Cohesion holds Inaugural Workshop with Environment and Water Masar

Baghdad Council for Social Cohesion holds Inaugural Workshop with Environment and Water Masar

On 12 January 2019, the Baghdad Council for Social Cohesion held its first workshop with the Environment and Water masar (path) of the Iraqi Social Forum. The workshop focused on water and environmental pollution challenges. In attendance were 15 trainees from the Baghdad Council as well as representatives of the...
I Have A Dream, I Have A Bicycle 2

I Have A Dream, I Have A Bicycle 2

عربي | Arabic Baraa Mahmoud, Sport Against Violence organization Cycling is one of the most accessible sports, great for staying healthy, and can even boost energy. For the second consecutive year, Babylon Tower Foundation in cooperation with the Sport Against Violence organization held the “I Have A Dream, I Have...
Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: What Are the Threats to Water Quality and River Health in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin?

Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: What Are the Threats to Water Quality and River Health in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin?

From 6-8 April 2019 the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum will take place at the University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. A unique space for open and public dialogue about the status and access of bodies of water in the Mesopotamia. This event will be an important opportunity to...
Youth and Children at the Habbaniyah camp for IDPs Enjoy a Day of  Sports and Arts

Youth and Children at the Habbaniyah camp for IDPs Enjoy a Day of Sports and Arts

Arabic | عربي On 23 February 2019, a sports and arts event took place at the Habbiniyah camp for IDPs. Children and youth gathered to enjoy a day of fun, including foot races, expressive dance and drawing. The event was organized by the Iraqi Social Forum’s Arts of Peace and...
Baghdad Meeting of Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative  Marks 10 Years of Solidarity in Action

Baghdad Meeting of Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Marks 10 Years of Solidarity in Action

Arabic | عربي Not since the anti-war demonstrations of 2003, has Baghdad witnessed the presence of 50 internationals in the so-called “Red Zone”, without armed surveillance, standing in solidarity with Iraqi human rights and peace activists. Times have changed and today engagement and long-term collaboration with Iraqis, in Iraq, is...
Urim Workshop Highlights the Role of Civil Society in the Protection of the Iraqi Cultural Heritage

Urim Workshop Highlights the Role of Civil Society in the Protection of the Iraqi Cultural Heritage

عربي | Arabic  The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) In recent years, Iraqi civil society has witnessed a number of local and international initiatives to protect Iraq’s cultural heritage. These initiatives have been spearheaded by young people interested in Iraqi civilization, which spans thousands of years. The efforts of...
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Baghdad welcomes its guests from all over the world in the ICSSI conference

Baghdad welcomes its guests from all over the world in the ICSSI conference

Arabic | عربي Taif Sabah Alwachi \ Baghdad Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Welcome dear audience at the annual 8th conference of the Iraq civil society solidarity initiative. First of all, on behalf of my colleagues in the initiative, and on behalf of all of you, I would like to thank the Association of Iraqi...
“Reflections on 10 Years of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative”

“Reflections on 10 Years of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative”

Arabic | عربي Terry Kay Rockefeller Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference For the first time in our ten-year history, the ICSSI meets in Baghdad—how wonderful! The first time I was in Baghdad was almost exactly 16 years ago. I came with other Americans who hoped that if we went home and told the stories...
Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: Exploring New Basin-Wide Alternatives to Dam Construction in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin

Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: Exploring New Basin-Wide Alternatives to Dam Construction in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin

Arabic | عربي From 6-8 April 2019 the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum will take place at the University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. A unique space for open and public dialogue about the status and access of bodies of water in the Mesopotamia. This event will be an important opportunity to promote a...
Iraqi Kurds Went Anger with Violent Protest Against Turkey

Iraqi Kurds Went Anger with Violent Protest Against Turkey

Ahval, 13 February 2019 Arabic | عربيOn January 26, Kurdish locals in northern Iraq’s Dohuk province began to peacefully protest the presence of a Turkish military base in the village of Sirye. Over the previous year, Ankara had killed dozens of locals in regularly bombings on the nearby mountain headquarters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or...
Women's Participation in Decision-Making Centers: the Iraqi Government's Progress on CEDAW

Women’s Participation in Decision-Making Centers: the Iraqi Government’s Progress on CEDAW

عربي | Arabic In 2018 the government of Iraq submitted its interim report on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to the United Nations. Through this Convention, Iraq commits itself to end all political, economic, social, cultural, civil and other forms of discrimination against women. The report of...
The Arts of Peace Team Launches a New Campaign: “Your Bullets of Joy End Our Joy"

The Arts of Peace Team Launches a New Campaign: “Your Bullets of Joy End Our Joy”

عربي | Arabic  On 24 November 2018, at the Baghdad Academy of Humanities, as part of the Iraqi Social Forum’s 5th season, the Arts of Peace team launched a campaign against indiscriminate gunfire in Baghdad: gunshots are often used as an expression of joy and celebration but also result in the deaths of innocent bystanders....
Decision : 42 COM 7B.66: The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities (Iraq) (C/N 1481)

Decision : 42 COM 7B.66: The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities (Iraq) (C/N 1481)

عربي | Arabic The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 40 COM 8B.16, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), Welcomes establishment of an inter-ministerial committee for the management of the property, the completion of the Strategy for Water and Land Resources in Iraq (SWLRI) and the recognition of the Iraqi marshlands as a legitimate water...
National Plan for the Prevention of Extremism…Multiple Approaches

National Plan for the Prevention of Extremism…Multiple Approaches

عربي | Arabic During the fifth season of the Iraqi Social Forum, a workshop was held entitled, “The National Plan for the Prevention of Extremism … Multiple Approaches.” Announced at the workshop was the creation of the Iraqi Observatory for the Prevention of Extremism (IQ-OPEV). Participants and attendees included a number of activists representing the...
A Successful 5th Season of the Iraqi Social Forum Concludes Its Activities in Baghdad

A Successful 5th Season of the Iraqi Social Forum Concludes Its Activities in Baghdad

Arabic | عربي For the first time since its launch in 2013, the annual event of the Iraqi Social Forum extended its activities to last an entire week, demonstrating the impact of 6-years of hard work to improve the lives of all Iraqi people. The season opened with three consecutive days of workshops, seminars and...
Disaster Flood in the Tigris – Made by a Turkish Dam

Disaster Flood in the Tigris – Made by a Turkish Dam

Arabic | عربي   +++ Mesopotamia Ecology Movement +++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++ Disaster Flood in the Tigris – Made by a Turkish Dam Press Release, 19.12.2018 On the evening of the 13th December 2018 one of the three spillway gates of the Dicle Dam at the Tigris River in Turkish-Kurdistan has broken....
Registration For the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum is Open!

Registration For the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum is Open!

The Mesopotamian Water Forum is an alternative civil society forum for water, an open space to give voice to those who are marginalized and excluded from the discussion about water management in the Mesopotamian region. It will be held from 6-8 April 2019 in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and will involve civil society actors...
Al Diwaniyah Forum Works to Resolve the Water Scarcity Crisis in Al-Badeer

Al Diwaniyah Forum Works to Resolve the Water Scarcity Crisis in Al-Badeer

Arabic | عربي Farmers in the Al-Badeer region from Kut province depend on water from the Euphrates River. Water shortages this year have caused massive damage to agricultural areas, drastically impacting the livelihood of farmers in the region. The Al-Diwaniyah Forum for Environment and Peace is currently working on this water scarcity crisis. The Forum’s...