UNDP Chief hails progress in Haiti

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UNDP's Executive Director hails the progress made in Haiti two years after the earthquake

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said she was impressed by the visible progress seen in Haiti two years after the devastating earthquake that rocked the country killing 200,000 people. Ms. Clark said she saw a huge difference from the desolation she saw four days after the earthquake: The streets of Port-au-Prince are alive again," Helen Clark said. "I feel very confident in the capacity of the Haitian people to rebuild their own country."

More than 60 percent of the 10 million cubic metres of rubble caused by last year's Haiti earthquake has been removed in one of the largest-scale clearance operations of its kind by the United Nations and partners, coordinated by UNDP.

Over 80,000 buildings in the capital city Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas collapsed after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti on 12 January 2010 leaving a mass of concrete, steel and other debris, equivalent to 4,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

UNDP helped the Government develop a National Strategy for Debris Management and created a Debris Stock Exchange to coordinate the reuse of rubble to rebuild buildings houses and infrastructure.

For this year a total of 25,000 cubic metres have been allocated to several projects and organizations through the Debris Stock Exchange.

While meeting with government officials, Helen Clark stressed the need to continue UNDP's long-term partnership with the government to beef up civil protection and reduce risks of future disasters, while continuing to enhance Haitian institutions' capacity to deliver quality services to the population.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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