Baghdad Current Affairs - 2020

Mercer Quality of Living Ranking 2019

The Quality of Living Index 2019 was released by the Consulting Agency Mercer. The index was based on the data analysed between September and November 2018. The index ranks 231 cities.

Quality of Living Index 2019

  • Austrian capital Vienna tops the Mercer’s index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row.
  • Vienna was closely followed by Zurich in Switzerland. Auckland, Munich, and Vancouver came in joint third.
  • San Francisco with the ranking of 34 was named the best city to live in in the U.S.
  • London with a ranking of 41st was the best city in the UK on Mercer’s scale.
  • Singapore with a ranking of 25th has held onto its status as Asia’s most livable city.
  • Uruguay’s capital Montevideo was the highest ranked city in South America.
  • Port Louis, Mauritius, was Africa’s top city.
  • Baghdad ranked last, followed by Bangui in the Central African Republic and Yemen’s capital Sanaa.
Indian Cities in the List
  • Hyderabad and Pune topped the list among the Indian cities with a rank of 143.
  • Bengaluru was the second best with the ranking of 149.
  • Mumbai with the ranking of 154 stood third among Indian cities.
  • The capital of India, New Delhi ranked at 162 in Mercer’s Quality Of Living Index.

The index is based on 39 factors such as access to public transport and traffic congestion levels, availability of housing and international schools city’s cultural scene which are grouped under 10 heads like “political and social environment”, “recreation”.

John Kerry arrives in Iraq

US is trying to reach out and seek consensus of its major allies and partners for a concerted action against the growing might and territory of ISIS.
In a recent turn of events, US Secretary of State John Kerry reached Iraq to discuss further course of action in getting the world and Iraq in specific, of ISIS. He reiterated US commitment to stand by the newly formed Iraqi government to fight the brutal IS militants and help train the Iraqi soldiers. He also expressed his satisfaction over the progress made by the Iraqi government which was a must to jointly support the US against the Sunni militants.
US carried massive airstrikes last month after which the Kurdish forces were able to regain key points. Mr. Kerry silenced all doubts about the increase in number of combat troops in Iraq. He stated that US will other nations will help train and rebuild Iraqi army looking at the nature of threat which will take time to wipe out.
He also commended the Iraqis’ decision about a new national guard units that would be recruited locally and given the main responsibility for security in their home areas for which they might require some foreign assistance.
US had stated that the formation of an inclusive Iraqi government is a minimal precondition for expanded security assistance to Baghdad in its fight against the Islamic State threat which is predominantly Sunni. The new Shiite Iraqi PM Haider-al Abadi reaffirmed that all peace-loving sections are together like Shiite , Sunni and Kurdish populations to uproot the ISIS. Mr. Kerry had key meetings with Fuad Masum, Iraq’s new president, who is a Kurd himself and Salim al-Jubouri, the speaker of Parliament and a Sunni by faith.