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Haiti - Economy : ECOSOC welcomes the tangible progress made on the ground
24/11/2014 09:44:21

Haiti - Economy : ECOSOC welcomes the tangible progress made on the ground
Peter de Clercq, Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), and the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative, presented last week, the state of the situation in Haiti. This report is the tenth presented by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Haiti since its reactivation in 2004.

If the Group welcomes the tangible progress made on the ground on the economic and social front and congratulate all the players in the development of Haiti
to have worked hard to bring the country to the next stage of its history, Peter de Clercq recalled that the Haitian elections had been posponed due to disagreements between the government and the opposition, including a group of senators that challenges the current electoral law and deplored the fact that the political instability has an impact on investment and business climate in the country. Also, he stressed that the urgent humanitarian needs that the country faces should not overshadow the need for sustained investment in the development of Haiti.

Michael Grant (Canada), Chair of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti, said that if in the past, he had expressed concern about the lack of prospects for the country's development in the medium and long term, the existence of planning tools defining an ambitious and concrete development goals for Haiti now seems to him an encouraging sign. He then called for support for the development of Haiti's capacity in key sectors such as tourism, agriculture and manufacturing, as decided by the Government. He also encouraged development partners to respond to calls by United Nations entities for the financing of humanitarian activities to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people, including those still living in camps, as well as appeals for food aid and to improve the health and sanitation.

The representative of Guatemala said that Haiti had an excellent opportunity to embark on the path of economic growth and political development. However, political stability was still threatened by indefinitely deferred elections, which must be held without further delay. Moreover, there must be a continued investment in social programmes focused on reducing inequality and providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations. The situation in Haiti demanded the continued involvement of donors and improved coordination between partners.

In his speech, the representative of Chile said the Group had witnessed first-hand Haiti’s efforts to support internally displaced persons and had seen a decrease in cholera year on year. Donors had to meet commitments in humanitarian and development fields, however, while the international community as a whole could do more, including supporting long-run development measures, in areas such as health care, improving sanitation and water, and tackling cholera and other diseases. Chile had given support to reconstruction, education, social development and human capital projects and was exploring new ways to support efforts under way in such fields as the environment, mining, and youth employment. The international community, for its part, must remain engaged in improving police capacity.

The Group recalled to the attention of the Haitian authorities, the need to take all necessary measures to ensure that the Senate elections, municipal and local take place without further delay, and legitimate local authorities, cCredible and effective are put in place. Haitian authorities were also invited to continue to invest in strengthening the national police, the judiciary, prison system and institutions that are working to establish the rule of law in Haiti.

The Council then took up the draft titled "Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti" (document E/2014/L.34). The Council Secretary outlined resource requirements for consultative missions to Haiti and Washington D.C. in 2015, which were estimated at $28,800, and which had not been provided for in the programme budget for the biennium 2014-2015. Following that, the Council adopted the draft by consensus.

Learn more about ECOSOC :
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations responsible for establishing standards and make recommendations to reduce poverty, improve health and education, promote respect for human rights and protect the environment. It is the central structure for coordinating economic and social activities of the United Nations.

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