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“We must ensure that Haiti does not become a forgotten crisis” the UN top official in the Caribbean country told Security Council urging the member states to contribute to Haiti recovery and emergency funds. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 4 OCTOBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

4 OCTOBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council starts a meeting
Med shot, La Lime in her seat
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“Insecurity has become rampant in Port-au-Prince, as kidnappings are once again on the rise and gangs have extended their control over large swaths of the city. In addition, thousands of migrants who had sought better living conditions in neighboring countries are being repatriated. For most observers, it is difficult to envision an end to the country’s seemingly never-ending crises which have pushed the resilience of the Haitian people to the brink.”
4.Cutaway, delegates
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“One can only hope that Haitian political and civil society leaders will continue to work together to find common ground around a common project that will contribute to fostering a more appeased climate in which decisive action can be taken and essential reforms enacted.”
6.Cutaway, delegates
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“The reestablishment of security, especially in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area, must be prioritized by Haitian authorities. Since June, a significant and sudden increase in gang violence has caused the displacement of some 19,000 people from the communes of Cité-Soleil, Croix-des-Bouquets, Delmas and the Port-au-Prince neighbourhood of Martissant. The control that gangs exercise around strategic entry and exit points of the capital has had a detrimental impact on Haiti’s economy and the movement of people and goods.”
8.Cutaway, delegates
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“Even as relief operations are still ongoing, early recovery and the restoration of livelihoods must be strongly supported in the areas affected by the earthquake. It is a race against time to ensure that children can return to school, that farmers do not miss the next planting season, and that people currently living in spontaneous displacement camps return to their homes as quickly as possible. We must ensure that Haiti does not become a forgotten crisis.”
10.Wide shot, Security Council in meeting
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Emmanuela Douyon, Executive Director of POLICITÉ:
“The United Nation has a long history with Haiti, and it should continue. The UN's plan to support Haiti needs to be better aligned to the Haitians people's shared interest and vision for Haiti.No entity must try to interfere when trying to help, and trust should be at the center of the cooperation.”
12.Wide shot, Security Council in meeting
13.SOUNDBITE (French) Claude Joseph, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Haiti:
“At a time when the Council is getting ready to renew the mandate of BINUH, it's vital to take account of the new realities that the country is facing, and that the mandate is adapted accordingly. Consequently, the strengthening of the operational capacities of security and law enforcement institutions, particularly the National Police of Haiti is necessary and requires the utmost attention. In that regard, we express our fervent wish that the BINUH’s new mandate be focused essentially on the strengthening of security and in the fight against violence by supporting the government's efforts in the spheres of security, stabilization, and the protection of civilians. These are all legitimate expectations, expressed by the people that has suffered enough as a result of gang violence, kidnaping and criminality in general.”
14.Wide shot, Security Council in meeting
15.SOUNDBITE (French) Claude Joseph, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Haiti:
“You will have no doubt seen in recent weeks, the horrific images of the atrocities which Haitian men and women have experienced on the US-Mexican border. I must say to you that no one takes the decision to leave this beautiful Caribbean nation lightly in search of a better life elsewhere, while imperiling their lives, and very often, those are their children. All that we ask is that they be treated with dignity humanity.”
16.Zoom out end of the meeting

STORYLINE:

“We must ensure that Haiti does not become a forgotten crisis” the UN top official in the Caribbean country told Security Council urging the member states to contribute to Haiti recovery and emergency funds.

“Even as relief operations are still ongoing, early recovery and the restoration of livelihoods must be strongly supported in the areas affected by the earthquake,” Helen La Lime, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) said at the Council’s meeting on the situation in Haiti held on Monday.

“It is a race against time to ensure that children can return to school, that farmers do not miss the next planting season, and that people currently living in spontaneous displacement camps return to their homes as quickly as possible,” La Lime said.

The combined effect of the assassination of President Moise in July and the devastating earthquake in August, have contributed to postponing the elections in Haiti and deepened the ongoing political and economic crisis, the Special Representative reported.

“Insecurity has become rampant in Port-au-Prince, as kidnappings are once again on the rise and gangs have extended their control over large swaths of the city. In addition, thousands of migrants who had sought better living conditions in neighboring countries are being repatriated. For most observers, it is difficult to envision an end to the country’s seemingly never-ending crises which have pushed the resilience of the Haitian people to the brink,” La Lime said.

Praising the government of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who is working towards crating minimal conditions for holding the general elections in second half of 2022, La Lime said “One can only hope that Haitian political and civil society leaders will continue to work together to find common ground around a common project that will contribute to fostering a more appeased climate in which decisive action can be taken and essential reforms enacted.”

Representing Haitian civil society, Emmanuela Douyon, Executive Director of POLICITÉ said “the United Nation has a long history with Haiti, and it should continue. The UN's plan to support Haiti needs to be better aligned to the Haitians people's shared interest and vision for Haiti.No entity must try to interfere when trying to help, and trust should be at the center of the cooperation.”

In his address to the Council, Haitian Foreign Ministed Claude Joseph urged the members to focus the mandate to the BINUH on “essentially on the strengthening of security and in the fight against violence by supporting the government's efforts in the spheres of security, stabilization, and the protection of civilians.”

“At a time when the Council is getting ready to renew the mandate of BINUH, it's vital to take account of the new realities that the country is facing, and that the mandate is adapted accordingly,” he said.
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