UN secretary general addresses cholera outbreak in Haiti during his address to the United Nations General Assembly. The outgoing secretary general said that the UN has a “moral responsibility” to address the tremendous suffering of the Haitian people after the cholera outbreak.
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Outgoing UN secretary general says he regrets cholera outbreak in Haiti
September 20, 2016
UNITED NATIONS, United States (CMC) — Outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday publicly expressed regret for the outbreak of cholera in Haiti.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for the last time, Ban said the cholera outbreak and the sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers in Central African had “tarnished the reputation of the United Nations and, far worse, traumatized many people we serve”.
Ban, who steps down at the end of this year after serving two five-year terms, said he felt “tremendous regret and sorrow at the profound suffering of Haitians affected by cholera.
“Let us work together to meet our obligations to the Haitian people,” he said, adding the UN has a “moral responsibility” to do so.
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