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UN explanation of new cholera approach pre-SG address

In anticipation of the UN Secretary General’s address on December 1, 2016, the UN News Centre published this article explaining what the Secretary General is expected to address in his speech. Specifically, Ban Ki-moon is expected to elaborate on and explain the UN’s new approach to cholera that was announced in August, and is scheduled to be launched on December 1st. Haiti: UN’s new approach on cholera puts people at heart of the response UN News Centre November 30, 2016   30 November 2016 – The response to cholera in Haiti will be a “long and thorough battle,” but the United Nations will stand by the Haitian people and authorities, Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said on the eve of the launch of the world body’s new approach to tackling the epidemic in the country. The new approach […]

Former UN Staffer Discusses Accountability for Sexual Abuse and Cholera

Célhia de Lavarène, a French journalist who worked for many years at the United Nations, discusses the lack of accountability for sexual abuse by peacekeepers and cholera the UN brought to Haiti. Former UN staffer speaks out about sex abuse scandals France24 November 3, 2016 Click HERE for the original post.

Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic – An Interview With David Nabarro

The Verge interviews David Nabarro, the British doctor responsible for mobilizing the UN’s 2014 response against the ebola epidemic, who has been chosen by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to coordinate action regarding the cholera epidemic currently taking place in Haiti.  He discusses the short-term, immediate action that must be taken, especially in light of Hurricane Matthew, and the longer-term trust rebuilding and assistance the UN must provide to Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. How a cash-strapped UN is struggling to solve the cholera epidemic in Haiti Alessandra Potenza, The Verge October 31, 2016 Haiti has been grappling with a devastating cholera epidemic for six years. The outbreak began in 2010, nine months after the small Caribbean island of 10 million was hit by an earthquake that leveled much of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and […]

UN Secretary General Expresses Regret Over Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the cholera epidemic in Haiti during his opening address to the UN General Assembly.  Ban expresses his “tremendous regret” in regards to the outbreak, but had first acknowledged in 2014 the UN’s “moral responsibility” to provide aid to those affected by the outbreak.  Recently a spokesperson said that the UN was putting together a “significant new set of actions” to help Haiti in the fight against the cholera epidemic. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. UN chief feels ‘regret and sorrow’ over Haiti cholera outbreak Jaqueline Charles, Miami Herald September 20, 2016 United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday expressed “tremendous regret,” over the cholera outbreak in Haiti as part of his opening address to the United Nations General Assembly. “I feel tremendous regret and sorrow at the profound suffering of Haitians […]

Next UN Secretary-General Must Clean Up Accountability Crisis

The United Nations has been facing an accountability crisis due to failure to properly respond to sexual abuse by peacekeepers, a cholera epidemic it brought to Haiti in 2010, and poisoning of Roma families in Kosovo. While the current Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon still has time to save his legacy by responding justly to these problems, the next Secretary General has an opportunity to turn the situation entirely around by respecting human rights from the outset. An accountability pledge led by AIDS-Free World and IJDH asks the Secretary-General candidates to do just that but so far, only four out of 11 have weighed in. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. New UN secretary-general must commit to accountability Lauren Carasik, Al Jazeera August 28, 2016 Recent accountability crises in United Nations peacekeeping missions have revealed a […]

UN’s Belated Owning Cholera Responsibility Demonstrates Accountability Crisis

Though it shouldn’t have taken the United Nations nearly six years to own up to its involvement in the cholera epidemic in Haiti, this editorial board isn’t surprised given the past lack of UN accountability. In both cases of sexual abuse and the cholera epidemic, the UN has focused more on covering the problem up than actually addressing it. Now that it has admitted responsibility for cholera, hopefully an apology and compensation will come next. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dodging Accountability at the United Nations Editorial, The New York Times August 22, 2016 It shouldn’t have taken five years and a scathing report by an internal human rights watchdog for the United Nations to acknowledge that it bears responsibility for the cholera epidemic in Haiti sparked by its peacekeepers deployed after the 2010 […]

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