Advisory Group on Haiti urges partners to step up financial resources

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The Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti has provided the latest overview of the country's reconstruction following the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Chairman of the Advisory Group Guillermo Rishchynski of Canada told the Economic and Social Council that the report made a number of recommendations to the United Nations, Haiti's development partners and the Haitian Government.

Among other things, he said it pressed the Government to establish national priorities and take responsibility for national programmes. At the same time, he added, partners needed to step up financial resources, as there had been a downward trend in payouts.

Mr. Rishchynski: The report which is primarily based on the group's visit to Haiti from 21 to 24 May this year, as well on several meetings with Haiti's development partners throughout the year and gives an overview of the noticeable progress made in the country's political, social and economic normalization, as well as challenges that require ongoing attention. Donors must ensure that pledges made to support Haiti's reconstruction and development are honored. As well, mechanisms must be put in place to support the effective coordination of donor efforts, following the expiration of the mandate of the interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission and to ensure that these efforts are aligned with, and contribute to the achievement of Haitian National priorities notably through strengthening the capacity of Haitian institutions. Efforts by the international community alone will not be sufficient for Haitian social and economic development to succeed. Efforts must be matched by the Haitian government and the Haitian political and economic leaders more generally. Building a better Haiti, must mean building a country based upon the rule of law in which Haitians not only have the tools, but also demonstrate the will to take responsibility for their own destiny through concrete actions. We applaud the identification of this priority by the Haitians government as well as recent decisions in this direction, but much more remains to be done. The report recognizes the effort being deployed by the Haitian authorities and their development partners, while making several recommendations addressed to the United Nations and their Haitian and international partners. It shows that progress is being made, but that much still remains to be done.

The report also highlighted the need to continue coordination with United Nations bodies, including the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

 This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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