UN chief urges international community to stand with Haiti at its time of dire needListen /
There's a call for the international community to continue to stand with Haiti at its time of dire need.
It comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message for the commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the Earthquake in Haiti.
He said we must intensify our efforts to help Haiti build a more stable and prosperous future for the all its people.
The Secretary-General noted that for the fourth consecutive year, the UN family comes together to remember and honour the victims of the earthquake that struck Haiti on the afternoon of 12 January, 2010. And he joined in grief and solidarity – with the people of Haiti, with one another, with all who lost their loved ones on that tragic day.
According to the Secretary-General's message, Haiti remains extremely vulnerable on many fronts: 145,000 people continue to live in make-shift camps. The country is structurally exposed to recurrent food crises. Haiti has the lowest level of water and sanitation coverage in the Americas while cholera continues to take its toll.
Secretary-General Ban pays tribute to all UN colleagues who have strived through the years to keep alive the memory of our fallen colleagues and friends and serve the people of Haiti. This includes those who remained after the earthquake to deliver life-saving support and consolation to the other victims. It also includes those who arrived later to carry on the worthy cause of helping Haiti rebuild its future.
He said their commitment, combined with the resilience of the Haitian people, has made much progress possible. Health systems are being strengthened, more children are in school, close to 90% of the displaced population have left the camps and economic activities have resumed allowing Haiti to start moving from crisis to long-term development.
The Secretary-General concludes his message with a call for us to renew today our pledge to follow our fallen colleagues' dream of a life of dignity for all the people of Haiti.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.