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Haiti - Reconstruction : Important delegation, led by Michaëlle Jean
27/11/2012 12:02:55

Haiti - Reconstruction : Important delegation, led by Michaëlle Jean
Michaëlle Jean, UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti, is in mission in Haiti from November 27 to December 4 at the head of a large delegation of eminent personalities and experts.

The passage of Sandy highlighted the vulnerability of Haiti, in particular at the level of Fire Service that generate many concerns. At the request of Haitian authorities, Ms. Jean, alerted the Mayor of Quebec City, Régis Labeaume, of the deplorable state of the fire station of Port-au-Prince, damaged by the earthquake of 12 January 2010, which still serves as the headquarters to more than a hundred firefighters, under-equipped and in lack of training.

The Mayor of the capital of Quebec, invited Richard Poitras, Director of the protection against fire, and Marika Vachon, architect Coordinator of service of property management in the city of Quebec, to join him to examine the infrastructure and equipment of their counterparts in Port-au-Prince. Régis Labeaume, undertakes to conduct a fundraising campaign to give back to the Haitian capital a fire department able to respond appropriately and professionally to emergencies.

The Cité collégiale of Ottawa, has also decided to send as part of this mission, Sylvie Beauvais, Alain Charpentier and Gilles Surprenant to assess training needs of Haitian firefighters. Their engagement responds to the desire expressed by Mr. Donald Gregory William, the Chief Commissioner of the National Fire Service of Haiti. The institution of college education offers several programs in emergency services, including one in fire service. The Cité collégiale will develop an action plan in partnership with educational institutions in Haiti to ensure the sustainability of the training and knowledge transfer.

Other members of the delegation also respond to the call, at a time when the priority is the construction of thousands of houses and of infrastructure destroyed by the January 2010 earthquake.

Moshe Safdie, internationally renowned Canadian architect, to whom we owe among others, Habitat 67, the Museum of Fine Arts of Canada, the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv and numerous architectural projects of very large scale throughout the world, comes to take cognizance of the work ans sites in progress, as well as the rich heritage of the country, ready to use its engineering and experience.

Jean-François Fountaine, president of the Federation of Nautical Industries of France and CEO of the French company building large catamarans "Fountaine-Pajot", will survey in Haiti the creation of services to boaters sailing on the Caribbean Sea and the development of trades sea totally underexploited.

Francesco Bandarin, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO for Culture, will review the work of the Haitian authorities conducted in partnership with the international organization for the valuation of heritage and cultural treasures of Haiti, whether the historic center of Jacmel or the Historic National Park in the north of the country, which houses the largest fortress of the Caribbean, the Citadelle Laferrière, as well as the Sans Souci Palace and the buildings of Ramiers listed as World Heritage.

"I am pleased to see such a willingness to support the ongoing efforts in Hiti. All these people believe in the ability of the population to recover [...] Each member of the delegation will discover the rich potential and priceless treasures, just waiting to be exploited in Haiti to provide jobs and decent living conditions. We must also urgently worry about the risk factors that slow the progress made,hence the importance of addressing the strengthening of fire protection service of the capital where live close to a million people. Prevent, this is to avoid further hecatombs," declared Ms. Jean.

December 3, Michaëlle Jean, will also participate at the invitation of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), at the inauguration of two digital campuses, one at the State University of Haiti and the other at the University Quisqueya. These campuses are part of the Distance Digital Education Plan for Haiti. They contribute to strengthening higher education and allow teachers and students to have access to resources and services offered online by the institutions involved. They will promote the implementation of projects between academics and students wwhich would otherwise be isolated and will allow Haitians to conduct their own research on issues that affect them in the foreground.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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