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Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake, UN Chief António Guterres renewed the Organization’s commitment to “honour the legacy of those we have lost, by working alongside the people and Government of Haiti, and with the country’s friends and supporters throughout the international community.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 17 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

17 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2.Various shots, Secretary-General visiting new memorial, “A Breath”
3. Various shots, memorial sculpture “A Breath”
4. Various shots, Secretary-General at the memorial ceremony
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today, we renew our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims, and our sympathy for those whose lives continue to be affected by this tragedy. We also renew our commitment to honour the legacy of those we have lost, by working alongside the people and Government of Haiti, and with the country’s friends and supporters throughout the international community.”
6. Wide shot, Guterres at the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Among the many challenges, the United Nations deeply regrets the loss of life and suffering caused by the cholera epidemic. I welcome the significant progress that has been made towards eliminating the disease. We are also committed to resolving pending cases of sexual exploitation and abuse.”
8. Wide shot, Guterres at the podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today, insecurity and slow economic growth are contributing to rising social tensions and a deteriorating humanitarian situation. I urge Haitians to resolve their differences through dialogue and to resist any escalation that could reverse the gains of the past decade.”
10. Wide shot, Hilaire at the podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Patrick Saint Hilaire, Chargé d'affaires at the Permanent Mission of Haiti to the United Nations:
“It is critical that United Nations and Haiti’s main international partners continue to support and assist out country in a tangible and orderly manner, to recover from the catastrophe caused by the earthquake and subsequent calamities. Such an action-oriented approach will help the country to resolutely embark on the path of long-term development.”
12.Wide shot, Hilaire at the podium

STORYLINE:

Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake, UN Chief António Guterres renewed the Organization’s commitment to “honour the legacy of those we have lost, by working alongside the people and Government of Haiti, and with the country’s friends and supporters throughout the international community.”

At a special event for the anniversary today (17 Jan), UN Secretary-General António Guterres led a wreath-laying ceremony at the New York Headquarters to honour the memory of the hundreds of thousands of Haitians who lost their lives in the devastating earthquake on the 12th of January 2010, and to express condolences and solidarity with the millions who continue to suffer the impact of this tragedy.

Guterres noted that following one of the darkest days in its history, Haiti drew on the courage and determination of its people and the assistance of its many friends.

He also said, “Among the many challenges, the United Nations deeply regrets the loss of life and suffering caused by the cholera epidemic. I welcome the significant progress that has been made towards eliminating the disease. We are also committed to resolving pending cases of sexual exploitation and abuse.”

The UN chief reiterated that the magnitude of the tragedy was such that it took many years for any sense of normality to return to the country.

He explained, “today, insecurity and slow economic growth are contributing to rising social tensions and a deteriorating humanitarian situation. I urge Haitians to resolve their differences through dialogue and to resist any escalation that could reverse the gains of the past decade.”

Among other speakers, Patrick Saint Hilaire, Chargé d'affaires at the Permanent Mission of Haiti to the United Nations said, “it is critical that United Nations and Haiti’s main international partners continue to support and assist out country in a tangible and orderly manner, to recover from the catastrophe caused by the earthquake and subsequent calamities.”

He reiterated, “Such an action-oriented approach will help the country to resolutely embark on the path of long-term development.”

Earlier in the morning, Secretary-General António Guterres also paid respects at the moving new memorial, “A Breath”, that has been brought to New York from Port-au-Prince.

The MINUSTAH earthquake memorial was created by Italian artist Davide Dormino pro bono and installed in the MINUSTAH HQ at LogBase in Port-au-Prince in 2010. The work of art entitled “A BREATH” is a murmur, a sound, a whisper the instant before the Earth begins to shake. The same breath of air blew the pages with one falling to the ground. The fallen page bears only the first name of the beloved, missing colleagues, not in alphabetical order, because we are all equal facing death. It is a work that defies time, space and gravity, just like Haitian people.

“A BREATH” is now installed in the North Lawn of the UN Headquarters compound in NY.

On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck Haiti, devastating its capital, Port-au-Prince. About 220,000 people were reportedly killed, among them, 102 UN staff who lost their lives when the building housing the stabilization mission there, known as MINUSTAH, collapsed. Some 300,000 people were injured and 1.5 million become homeless during the 35-second-long tremor.
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