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UN Secretary-General Asks Member State Cholera Commitments by March 6

On December 1, 2016, the United Nations launched a new $400 million approach to cholera in Haiti. The plan includes two track: Track One entails better efforts to reduce cholera, improve access to care and treatment, and address the water and sanitation systems. Track Two is material assistance and support to Haitians affected by cholera, including consultations with cholera victims and their communities. Unfortunately, the plan is only 2% funded so far. Secretary-General António Guterres sent a letter to all UN member states asking them to express their intention to make a voluntary contribution (or not) by March 6. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti – Cholera : Funding Failure for the $400M UN Funds HaitiLibre February 26, 2017 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has asked Member States to inform him by 6 […]

UN Partners with Haitian Government and Relief Groups for Long-Term Disaster Plan

Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in October 2016 and Haitians are still struggling to rebuild. The United Nations, the Haitian government and some relief organizations just announced a $291 million plan to address this, including long-term solutions to reduce Haitians’ vulnerability to future disasters. The plan’s objectives also mention response to cholera and other waterborne diseases, and dealing with Haitians coming back from the Dominican Republic. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haitian Government, UN and partners launch two-year plan aimed at saving lives, building resilience UN News Centre February 7, 2017 The United Nations together with relief organizations in Haiti have launched a two-year, $291 million response plan with the Government to reach more than 2.4 million people across the island that was struck by a devastating hurricane last October. “With more than 98 per […]

Does validation of Haiti’s election allow optimism for cholera aid?

David Nabarro, who is heading up the United Nations’ cholera response in Haiti, has high hopes for funding the plan now that Jovenel Moise has been confirmed as Haiti’s new president. Though contributions from UN member states besides France and South Korea have been slow, Nabarro hopes that funding will pick up now that there is an established government for the funds to go into. The World Economic Forum will take place later this month and Nabarro plans to use that opportunity to convince potential donors to invest in a long-term plan for Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN hopes Haiti election will open door for cholera aid World Bulletin January 7, 2017 The United Nations is struggling to get pledged aid for Haiti’s cholera epidemic victims but hopes nascent political stability […]

12 Haitian Senators Put Their Salaries Towards Elections

With the United States’ decision to withdraw funding for Haiti’s elections, Haiti has to find a way to fill the gap in funds for the electoral process. Twelve Haitian Senators have decided to give two months of their salaries to the elections pot. While this article questions the Senators’ motives, this could be a step towards Haiti financing its own elections. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti – Elections : 12 senators give their wages HaitiLibre July 14, 2016 The majority group to the Senate composed of 12 senators : Nenel Cassy, Evallière Beauplan, Ricard Pierre, Francisco Delacruz, François Luca Sainvil, Stevens Iverson Benoît, Francenet Denius, Jean Baptiste Bien Aimé, Westner Polycarpe, Fritz Carlos Lebon, Ronald Larèche and Antonio Cheramy, indicates in a correspondence that following the precariousness of State revenues to help achieve […]

U.S. Pulls Funding for Haiti Elections

The U.S. State department announced on Thursday that they will not be financing the next round of Haitian elections. Having already put in $33 million to finance the first round of elections, the U.S. says they did not plan funding for 2 more electoral rounds. This decision comes with the European Union’s decision to pull its electoral mission from Haiti last month. It seems Haiti is on her own, but spokespeople say that Haiti will come up with the funds needed to finance the elections because it is of utmost priority. Click HERE for the full article. — U. S. to Haiti: Pay for your own elections Jacqueline Charles Miami Herald July 7th, 2016  The U.S. will not be financing Haiti’s Oct. 9 rerun presidential elections, State Department spokesman John Kirby said Thursday. Kirby said Haitian officials were notified on […]

Concern from E.U. and U.S. Over Election Rerun

Both the E.U. and the U.S. have expressed concern with the decision of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council to rerun the country’s presidential elections, while the OAS has supported it. In reaction to the decision, the E.U. closed its observer mission in Haiti, while the U.S. State Department announced its “regret” that the election will be prolonged even further. How the reactions of the E.U. and U.S. will affect the funding for the elections remains uncertain, but the OAS has pledged to continue to play a “positive role in the electoral process”. Part of the article is below, click HERE for the full text. U.S., EU criticize Haiti presidential elections rerun Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald 6/8/2016   Haiti’s decision to rerun its disputed first-round presidential vote continued to ripple through the international community Wednesday as the European Union and the United States criticized the move, […]

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