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Can a Change in UN Image Bring Back Trust?

The United Nations’ presence on the world stage is becoming increasingly negative in light of recent scandals, such as the cholera epidemic in Haiti.  There’s been an effort on the part of the UN to change their image, but there must be reform for the UN to fully accept responsibility and right their wrongs. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full article. Can a UN image campaign create greater trust? Claudia Witte, Deutsche Welle October 24, 2016 Amid ongoing conflicts, catastrophe and an escalating refugee crisis, the United Nations’ reputation is faltering. Can an image campaign create more trust in the organization? At the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the second-largest seat of the United Nations after New York, a group of tourists follows the tour guide as she walks through the extensive building. The autumn session of the […]

Sen. Markey: UN Response to Matthew in Haiti “Grossly Inadequate”

Senator Markey (D-MA) makes a statement regarding UN aid to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew.  He states that the UN’s actions thus far are “grossly inadequate” and calls for increased leadership by the UN in response to the destruction of Hurricane Matthew. PRESS RELEASE: Senator Markey Criticizes United Nations Response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti Senator Ed Markey October 18, 2016 Washington (October 18, 2016) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, today called the United Nations (UN) effort to remedy the humanitarian crisis in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew grossly inadequate. Approximately 546 people have been killed as a result of the deadly storm, 438 injured, and 128 are missing. At least 2.1 million people in Haiti have been affected by Hurricane Matthew’s damage, with more than 1.4 million in […]

Critique and analysis of UN’s “moral responsibility” rhetoric

IJDH’s Nancy Young discusses and critiques the UN’s strategic rhetoric on how it is to tackle the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Young argues that the UN’s discussion of the need to end cholera not only comes six years too late, but that it fails to demonstrate any understanding of it’s direct culpability in the 2010 outbreak. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The Immoral “Moral Responsibility” of Ban Ki-moon and the UN Nancy Young, October 16, 2016   UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spent 4 1/2 hours in Haiti on October 15 and surveyed the damage from Hurricane Matthew — including the spike in the cholera misery caused by the organization he leads. He feels really, really bad. No, really. That’s what he’s got for the Haitian people. Really. In 2014, Ban came to Haiti to say how bad […]

Advocates Denounce UN Chief’s Failure to Acknowledge Responsibility for Cholera

  Contact: Sienna Merope-Synge, Port-au-Prince, +509-4875-3444, (English, French, Creole) Mario Joseph, Port-au-Prince, +509-3701-9879, (Creole, French, English) Beatrice Lindstrom, New York, +1-404-217-1302; (English, French, Creole)   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Advocates Denounce UN Chief’s Failure to Acknowledge Responsibility for Cholera Ban Visits Haiti Amidst Surging Cholera Outbreak in Hurricane-Ravaged South (BOSTON, NEW YORK, PORT-AU-PRINCE, October 15, 2016)–Advocates for victims of the UN-caused cholera epidemic in Haiti expressed shock that the Secretary-General did not acknowledge responsibility for introducing the epidemic while explaining his much-heralded “new approach” to cholera while in Haiti today. “It is outrageous for the Secretary-General to come to Haiti, see how much we are suffering, and once again refuse to acknowledge what everybody in Haiti knows that he knows to be a scientific fact,” said Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, which has […]

UN Secretary General sees Hurricane Matthew’s Destruction

Six years after dumping untreated sewage in earthquake-torn Haiti, the United Nations finally accepted responsibility for introducing cholera. Ban Ki-moon visited hurricane victims in Haiti, after Beatrice Lindstrom of IDJH expressed hope the UN Secretary General would “fully acknowledge the U.N.’s responsibility for introducing cholera to Haiti.” Lindstrom said “The need for a new U.N. response that both controls and eliminates cholera and compensates the victims who have suffered so much is now more dire than ever.” Ban Ki-moon made no mention of guilt to the victims of cholera during this visit, nor did he mention falling very short of the UN’s $181 million special fund for cholera victims. UN Chief in Haiti Gets Glimpse of Matthew’s Destruction by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS October 15th, 2016 PORT­-AU-­PRINCE, Haiti — U.N. Secretary-­General Ban Ki­-moon visited victims of devastating Hurricane Matthew on Saturday, saying the destruction […]

New York City Bar Demands Cholera Justice

In August, the United Nations promised to reveal a new plan for eliminating cholera from Haiti sometime in October. The International Committee of the New York City Bar Association urges Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to ensure that human rights principles guide this plan. Part of the Bar Association’s letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. October 14, 2016 Dear Mr. Secretary-General: I write on behalf of the New York City Bar Association regarding your office’s recent statements recognizing the role of the United Nations in the outbreak of cholera in Haiti in 2010. We welcome this acknowledgment of responsibility as an important step toward accountability and justice for cholera victims and elimination of the disease from Haiti. In order to ensure a just resolution of this crisis and to safeguard the UN’s moral leadership, we urge you to take concrete steps to ensure that […]

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