Bill Clinton Named a Special Envoy to Haiti from the U.N.

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Bill Clinton Named a Special Envoy to Haiti from the U.N.

Post by Barb » Tue May 19, 2009 12:12 am

U.N. turns to Bill Clinton for Haiti help
In accepting an envoy post, former President Clinton said Haiti's people are determined to rebuild.
Former President Bill Clinton, who has pledged his philanthropic weight to help a storm ravaged Haiti, has been named a special envoy to the Caribbean nation on behalf of the United Nations.
The appointment comes two months after Clinton visited Haiti alongside U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in an effort to raise global attention to the country's halting efforts to rebuild following a string of storms that wreaked havoc on the Haitian economy, its nine million citizens and its already fragile landscape.
Last summer's two hurricanes and two tropical storms in less than 30 days left nearly 800 dead and nearly $1 billion in damage in an impoverished Haiti. They came five months after rising global fuel and food prices triggered days of deadly food riots.
''It is an honor to accept the secretary general's invitation to become special envoy to Haiti,'' former President Clinton said in a statement to The Miami Herald. 'Last year's natural disasters took a great toll, but Haiti's government and people have the determination and ability to `build back better,' not just to repair the damage done but to lay the foundations for the long-term sustainable development that has eluded them for so long.''
The U.N. currently has no special envoy for Haiti, and it is expected that Clinton will travel there at least four times a year as part of the UN's effort to build on the momentum created by his March visit.
''We are very grateful to the secretary general that he chose such a friend of Haiti with a worldwide reputation, who is very committed to Haiti,'' Haiti Prime Minister Michèle Pierre-Louis told The Miami Herald in a telephone interview from Port-au-Prince.
The hope is that Clinton's attention -- and fundraising power -- will help to further galvanize international support in a country plagued by donor fatigue, lack of international coordination and a history of political instability.
The U.N., which has 9,000 peacekeepers on the ground, has argued that without long-term development all of the recent gains can be quickly washed away.
''Haiti's got a chance, the best chance in my lifetime,'' Clinton said in April as Haiti supporters met in Washington at a donor's conference.
Encouraging donors to not just donate money but to invest, he told the packed room, ``the people on the ground want their country to matter.''
By day's end, international donors pledged $324 million including $57 million from the United States. A few days later, Clinton's wife Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally traveled to Haiti to emphasize President Barack Obama's strong commitment to the country's rebuilding efforts.
''He's going to be extremely helpful to the country because we are really in dire need of support,'' Pierre-Louis said.
Case in point: Donors' pledges. The latest data from the Inter-American Development Bank, which hosted the conference, shows that donors pledged $353.4 million to Haiti. But a month later, Pierre-Louis said the country is still waiting for the money. ''They all claim we had a plan, a good plan,'' Pierre-Louis said. ``However, it's very difficult to obtain from them where they want to put the money. . . . A special envoy could help in making the follow-up with the donors on the conference first and help us go to new donors.''
In each of their visits, the Clintons visited Cité Soleil, a once forbidden zone just a few years ago. There, they met with factory workers and everyday Haitians, most of whom live on less than $2 a day.
They spoke of the need for roads and renewable energy and to preserve the devastated environment. Each also spoke of hope.
''I believe Haiti is better positioned to make progress for all its people than at any time since I first visited in 1978,'' Bill Clinton said Monday. ``It offers unique opportunities for public and private investment to improve health and education in ways that will be good for Haitians and all their partners in our interdependent world.''
A U.N. official confirmed the appointment but declined to comment until Tuesday when it will make an official announcement. Those familiar with the appointment say it's been in the works for a while.
Clinton previously served as U.N. special envoy for tsunami recovery following the 2004 tsunami, during which he helped raised tens of millions of dollars.

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Post by Leoneljb » Fri May 22, 2009 10:50 am

If People would give Haiti that chance!!!
So many are getting rich on haiti's misery. So many are living lavishly on haiti'insecurity...
In fact, one needs to investigate why so many Security-Companies. If Haiti was secure, a lot would be jobless... LE oun peyi an dezOd, anpil zenglendo ap pwofite.

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