Security Council members commemorated the Haiti earthquake anniversary

NARRATOR: The members of the Security Council  on Thursday commemorated the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010.

In a statement, the Council President for the month of January Ambassador Ivan Barbalic of Bosnia and Herzegovina said they extended their condolences to the families of those killed and their deepest concern for all those whose lives continue to be touched by the tragedy.

TAPE: The members of the Security Council recalled the supreme sacrifice made by the personnel of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) who perished in the earthquake and voiced their strong support for MINUSTAH’s continued efforts, in addition to the other mandated tasks of the Mission, to assist the people of Haiti to recover from the disaster. The members of the Security Council continue to stand with the people and government of Haiti in their ongoing work to rebuild their country, reaffirm on this day of remembrance their sustained international support for Haiti, and call for the swift disbursement of remaining pledges in support of Haiti’s recovery.

NARRATOR: President of the UN Security Council for the month of January Ambassador Ivan Barbalic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Meanwhile, the United Nations held a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the earthquake.

TAPE: Forty-seven seconds. It is not a long time. But the earthquake in Haiti was an eternity of sorrow.

NARRATOR: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon disclosed that everyday he sees the faces of fallen colleagues and hear their voices. He said today, we gather in solidarity with the people of Haiti.

TAPE: As we honour the dead, we honour the living. The Haitians struggling in difficult conditions, the workers from around the world helping Haiti to rebuild, the many donors giving aid. Let us be realistic: the road ahead will be long and hard. Haiti’s streets are still full of rubble. Schools, hospitals, civic infrastructure – all has yet to be rebuilt. To be frank, reconstruction has been slow. International aid and investment has not come as quickly as needed, or as promised. The cholera epidemic shows no sign of abating. Yet, we are making progress.

NARRATOR: Secretary-General Ban pointed out that the number of people living in camps is half what it was at the peak of the emergency. He added that we provide clean water to 1 million people every day and food to 2 million people every month.

TAPE: We are providing security and will help a new government get on its feet and fulfill its responsibilities to its people. And despite the slow start, recovery and reconstruction is finally beginning in earnest. On this sad and solemn occasion, I want to say: The United Nations, the entire international community, stood by Haiti and its people in their darkest hour. Together, we will walk with them toward a brighter future. Dear friends, in life, we are measured by the company we keep. We are ennobled by the work we do, together. In the memory of our fallen comrades, let us pledge to realize their dream of a better Haiti.

NARRATOR: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
This is Donn Bobb reporting.

Duration: 4’01″

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