Under the auspices of the United Nations, the KRG participated in the UN Newroz Festival alongside the Iraqi embassy and other countries celebrating Newroz. Different nations presented their Newroz traditions to spectators at the event. These included traditional Kuliche as well as a performance of Kurdish music and dance. The event was opened by the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), H.E. Yuri Fedotov.