HAITI / EARTHQUAKE ANNIVERSARY ADVANCER

10-Jan-2012 00:02:23
UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Haiti Nigel Fischer said that two years after the devastating earthquake that wrecked the capital Port-au-Prince "there are a million people less in the camps" as 100,000 transitional dwellings and 30,000 permanent houses have been built. 12 January marks the second anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti. MINUSTAH / RECENT / FILE
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STORY: HAITI / EARTHQUAKE ANNIVERSARY ADVANCER
TRT: 2.23
SOURCE: MINUSTAH / WORLD BANK
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS

DATELINE: 9 JANUARY 2011, PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI / FILE
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FILE – WORLD BANK - DECEMBER 2011, PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI

1.Various shots, reconstruction work

9 JANUARY 2011, PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI

2.SOUNDBITE (English) Nigel Fischer, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations System in Haiti:
"There are a million people less in the camps than there were in July of 2010. Many of them have gone to new, what we call transitional houses. There's a 100,000 of these small dwellings being built. We also estimate there must be about 30,000 permanent houses that have been built or repaired."

FILE – MINUSTAH - 12 OCTOBER 2011, PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI

3.Med shot, house demolition
4.Wide shot, house demolition
5.Wide shot, new home
6.Various shots, workers putting finishing touches in new home

9 JANUARY 2011, PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI

7.SOUNDBITE (English) Nigel Fischer, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations System in Haiti:
"100 percent of the funds that were promised have been earmarked for programmes, which means that they are not going to disappear. We know that they are there. About 53, 54percent have actually been disbursed to projects and the rest is waiting to be disbursed, but at least the money is not disappearing. And we are seeing, whether it is in terms of investment in the industrial zone in the North East of the country, in the hundreds of km of roads that have been paved, in the new housing starts, the increased numbers of children in schools compared to before the earthquake, or the investment in healthcare. We are seeing in a number of fronts, we are seeing progress."

FILE – MINUSTAH - 3 OCTOBER 2011, PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI

8.Close up, school children
9.Wide shot, rehabilitated classroom
10. Med shot, President Michel Martelly distributing school supplies

9 JANUARY 2011, PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Nigel Fischer, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations System in Haiti:
"How do we start to transfer the functions, the programs that we are performing today to Haitian counterparts. What will we not be doing in 3 or 4 or 5 years that we are doing today? I think it is through building Haitian institutions at the end of the day that we will be able to see a lessening in numbers of International organizations that are here."

FILE – MINUSTAH - 29 SEPTEMBER 2011, PORT-AU-PRINCE, CROIX DES BOUQUETS, HAITI

12. Various shots, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos and delegation walking in IDP camp and waste treatment centre
STORYLINE
Two years after Haiti was struck by an earthquake of unprecedented magnitude, the country has made slow but remarkable progress in several areas including reconstruction and moving people out of camps.

According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 50 percent of debris has been removed, out of which 20 percent has been recycled. 500 “red houses” considered uninhabitable, have been demolished.

The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations System in Haiti Nigel Fischer said there are now “a million people less in the camps than there was in July of 2010.”

Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince was the epicentre of the 7.0 Magnitude earthquake of 12 January 2010. At least 225,000 people were killed, more than 300,000 injured and 2, 3 million, almost one quarter of the population, displaced

Fischer said that 100,000 of those displaced have gone to new transitional houses and an estimated 30,000 permanent houses “have been built or repaired."

The humanitarian official noted that "100 percent” of the 4.5 billion pledged in March 2010 for development and reconstruction “have been earmarked for programmes, which means that they are not going to disappear.”

He added that around 54 percent has actually been disbursed to projects and the rest is waiting to be disbursed.

Fischer pointed out that progress can be seen “in the industrial zone in the North East of the country, in the hundreds of km of roads that have been paved, in the new housing starts, the increased numbers of children in schools compared to before the earthquake, or the investment in healthcare.”

The Government lost thousands of civil servants and most of its key infrastructures were in ruins after the earthquake. 102 United Nations staff also died in the collapse of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) Headquarters and other buildings.

Since the earthquake, MINUSTAH has provided security for the distribution of humanitarian assistance to some 4.3 million Haitians and helped provide temporary shelter to 1.5 million people. MINUSTAH has also played a key role in securing Haiti’s urban areas and internally displaced people (IDP) camps.

Fischer said that looking forward, one of the main challenges will be "how do we start to transfer the functions, the programs that we are performing today to Haitian counterparts” and stressed that “it is through building Haitian institutions at the end of the day that we will be able to see a lessening in numbers of International organizations that are here."

On October 14, 2011, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2012 which extends by one year the Mission’s mandate and decides the reduction of its authorized military and police personnel from 12,502 to 10,600. Accordingly, military troops are brought down from 8,940 to 7,340 and police from 4,391 to 3,241, as recommended by UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in his report dated August 25, 2011.
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