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UN Emphasizes Development Cooperation for Water and Sanitation Improvement

        “Development cooperation is key to realizing rights to safe drinking water and sanitation” – UN expert GENEVA (21 March 2016) – Everyone involved in development cooperation is being urged by a UN expert to work together to ensure that the human rights of water and sanitation are available to all people around the world. The appeal comes from the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to water and sanitation,  Léo Heller, on World Water Day (22 March) and aims to shed light on the key role of development cooperation in the realization of the rights to water and sanitation. Mr. Heller says: “development cooperation is a crucial element in the funding of these services in many developing countries and seems to be increasing in accordance with commitments outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”   […]

After Half-Apology for Cholera, UN Still Has Much to Do Towards Justice

Mennonite Central Committee, one of IJDH’s partners in the fight for cholera justice, describes some of the steps that led to then-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s apology to the Haitian people on December 1, 2016. Although such an admission was unprecedented in UN history, it still only represented a half-apology, as Ban failed to mention the UN’s responsibility for bringing the cholera epidemic to Haiti in 2010. The UN also has yet to make good on the new cholera plan that Ban announced the same day as the apology. As Ban himself said that day, “words cannot replace action and material support.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.N. Witness: Half an apology Kati Garrison, Mennonite World Review March 13, 2017 On Dec. 1, the staff of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office awaited the commencement […]

UN Struggles to Fund Cholera Plan or Consult Victims

In December 2016, when then-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to Haitians for the UN cholera epidemic for the first time, he also announced a $400 million plan to reduce cholera and aid cholera victims. So far, the plan is only about 2% funded from voluntary contributions and pledges from UN member states. The new Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has asked all member states to notify him of their intentions regarding the plan by March 6. IJDH Director Brian Concannon emphasizes that despite funding concerns, the UN must consult with cholera victims and their families as it had originally promised. So far, there has been no word of these consultations beginning. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN Fund to Fight Cholera in Haiti Hovers at 2 Percent of Goal Carol Guensburg, VOA News March 1, 2017 Late last year, […]

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 […]

India Contributes $100k to New UN Cholera Plan

India has joined three other countries – France, South Korea and Liechtenstein, in contributing to the United Nations’ new fund to eliminate cholera from Haiti. The new fund was detailed at the end of last year when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the people of Haiti for the UN’s role in the cholera epidemic. The $400 million dollar fund is expected to come from donations by UN member states. India will contribute $100,000. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. India contributes USD 100,000 to UN for Haiti cholera relief The Indian Express January 24, 2017 India has contributed USD 100,000 to a UN trust fund designed to support Haiti in recovering from the ravages of the 2010 Cholera epidemic and building improved sanitation and health systems in the country. First Secretary in India’s Permanent […]

American Public Health Association Urges UN Accountability for Cholera

Recognizing the serious consequences of poor water and sanitation in Haiti in regards to the cholera epidemic, the American Public Health Association (APHA) urges the United Nations to make funding for the National Plan against cholera its top priority. Without proper water and sanitation, cholera will continue to infect and kill Haitians endlessly. Given the UN’s responsibility for the epidemic by ignoring common knowledge of Haiti’s poor infrastructure and carelessly dumping its waste in Haiti in 2010, it is up to the UN to oversee the plan and make sure it’s fully funded. The abstract is below. Click HERE for the full article. The United Nations’ Accountability for its Role in the Haitian Cholera Epidemic American Public Health Association November 1, 2o16 Decades of neglect of water and sanitation infrastructure have left the Haitian population vulnerable to outbreaks of waterborne illness. […]

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