UN Donor Conference to Rebuild Haiti

UN Donor Conference to Rebuild Haiti

New York City : NY : USA | Mar 31, 2010 at 5:41 AM PDT
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More than 100 nations will meet at the UN in New York today to determine what amounts will be pledged to rebuild the quake stricken nation. The Haitian government will present a $3.8 Billion request for aid to rebuild Haiti.

Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General of the UN said that now is the time for the international community to help these poor and helpless people.

Some 200,000 people were killed by the quake. The conference will have powerful support to press countries for donations. Bill Clinton, who is the special envoy for Haiti, sat down with NGO groups recently. He asked them to help with the creation of a radically new Haiti that the country would no longer need NGOs.

Former President Bill Clinton said "In short, are we serious about working ourselves out of a job?"

Also attending as an Observer is Canada's Haitian born Governor General, Michaelle Jean.

Haiti is expected to face an uphill struggle, during French President's Sarkozy's visit at the White House, Haiti was not even mentioned. The request of $1.4 Billion for initial emergency aid, only met half of the target.

The UN intends to set up an international commission to oversee the Billions in aid. This takes direct control out of the hands of Haiti. The commission will be co-chaired by Bill Clinton and Haiti's Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

With the upcoming rainy and hurricane season there is some urgency for immediate measures to shelter the homeless to avoid a further catastrophy.

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Karl Gotthardt is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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