Haitian President meets with UN Regional Directors at the City of Knowledge
Regional representatives of 12 UN agencies met with Haitian President and his foreign minister to discuss the development priorities of Haiti in order to harmonize the reconstruction and recovery efforts following the earthquake in 2010. The meeting was held at UNOPS regional headquarters for Latin America and the Caribbean located inside the City of Knowledge.
President Michel Martelly thanked the United Nations for their continuous support to Haiti and called for greater coordination between UN agencies and government to continue improving the lives of the population.
«Thank you for your presence in Haiti and for helping us before the earthquake, even though your help has been even more important after the earthquake. We are rebuilding the country gradually but much remains to be done,» he said. Martelly also emphasized that the reconstruction of damaged houses and relocation of the camps are among his top priorities along with education, gender equality, poverty reduction and reforestation.
Foreign Minister Laurent Lamothe also stressed the need to strengthen Haiti’s public institutions and to develop local capacity. «Much remains to be done, particularly regarding the people of Haiti and our resources. 15% of the population is unemployed. We must encourage the brilliant minds of Haiti to stay in the country and work in Haiti. Without resources and brilliant minds working it is very difficult to progress.»
Several representatives of the United Nations highlighted the areas where they are working and their future plans for Haiti.
Along with the Regional Director of UNOPS, representatives of the World Food Programme (WFP), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Development Group for Latin America and the Caribbean, were present as well as representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, host of the official visit to Panama.