At the United Nations hosted one day donors conference, representatives from across the globe gathered to pledge long term aid to Haiti.
It was the former President of the United States, Bill Clinton who coined the phrase, “build back better”. The Secretary General of the UN quoted words from the Haiti President to outline the cost of what that would take.
“Again, to quote the President “it is a plan to create a new Haiti, a Haiti where the majority of people no longer live in deep poverty. Under this plan, a new interim Haiti Recovery Commission will channel 3.9;billion dollars into specific programmes and projects during the next 18 months. Over the next ten years, Haiti’s reconstruction needs will total an estimated 11.5 billion dollars,” said Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Representatives from the EU were there. The bloc pledged one point two billion euros. The President of the Caribbean island outlined his priority
“To accompany this new dream for our country, to give this new humanitarian project a chance, education is, I am convinced, the main way forward.”
One million remain homeless after January’s quake in which 300,00 may have perished. The initial campaign by the UN to raise aid is still over 50 per cent short of its goal. It’s hoped today’s conference will underline again the needs of the country.