Ban Ki-Moon said the United Nations is boosting its efforts to address a growing humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Speaking at a U.N. conference on Iraq’s economy, the secretary-general urged the 90 nations in attendance not to abandon the war-ravaged country.

During the same conference, Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi unveiled a five-year plan for Iraq’s future, complete with benchmarks.


He said the UN was strengthening its humanitarian efforts and working with Iraq’s neighbours to address the needs of Iraqi refugees and displaced people.

The meeting was called to review a plan to rebuild Iraq’s economy.

Representatives from almost 90 countries and a number of international institutions are attending the meeting on the five-year International Compact with Iraq, launched last July.

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