UN / HAITI VIOLENCE

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16-Sep-2022 00:02:04
Secretary-General António Guterres said that civil unrest had brought Haiti to a “standstill,” a UN spokesperson told reporters. UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / HAITI VIOLENCE
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DATELINE: 16 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

16 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Dujarric at the podium, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the current situation in Haiti, where civil unrest has brought the country to a standstill. The Secretary-General is particularly preoccupied with the safety of all Haitians, including the most vulnerable, and calls for calm and maximum restraint. He urges all relevant stakeholders to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, avoid violence, and allow the Haitian National Police to fulfill its role to protect the population.”
4. Wide shot, Dujarric at the podium, press room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Secretary-General reiterates his strong call for all stakeholders to rise above their differences and to engage, without further delay, in a peaceful and inclusive dialogue on a constructive way forward. He warns that if the current circumstances continue, the already dire humanitarian situation faced by Haiti’s most vulnerable people will deteriorate even further.”
6. Wide shot, Dujarric at the podium, press room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The violent civil unrest and countrywide road closures make it very challenging for humanitarian partners to provide assistance at this stage.”
8. Wide shot, Dujarric at the podium, press room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We and our partners remain on the ground and are ready to assist people in need across the country. However, a shortfall in funding and prepositioned in supplies, including risks to supplies on the ground, means that we will struggle with supplying aid in the coming days.”
10. Wide shot, Dujarric at the podium, press room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On top of all of that, tropical storm Fiona has formed in the Caribbean and may impact Haiti on Monday. The 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan for Haiti, which calls for $373 million, is only 21 percent funded.”
12. Wide shot, Dujarric leaving the podium, press room

STORYLINE:
Secretary-General António Guterres said that civil unrest had brought Haiti to a “standstill,” a UN spokesperson told reporters.

Reading a statement issued today (16 Sep), UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that Secretary-General António Guterres is particularly preoccupied with the safety of all Haitians, including the most vulnerable, and calls for calm and maximum restraint.

Dujarric also said that the Secretary-General urges all relevant stakeholders to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, avoid violence, and allow the Haitian National Police to fulfill its role in protecting the population.

“He reiterates his strong call for all stakeholders to rise above their differences and to engage, without further delay, in a peaceful and inclusive dialogue on a constructive way forward,” continued Dujarric.

The UN Spokesperson also said that Guterres warns that if the current circumstances continue, “the already dire humanitarian situation faced by Haiti’s most vulnerable people will deteriorate even further.”

Dujarric noted that the violent civil unrest and countrywide road closures make it very challenging for humanitarian partners to provide assistance at this stage.

He also said that the UN and partners remain on the ground and are ready to assist people in need across the country.

“However,” he added, “a shortfall in funding and prepositioned in supplies, including risks to supplies on the ground, means that we will struggle with supplying aid in the coming days.”

The UN Spokesperson also said, “On top of all of that, tropical storm Fiona has formed in the Caribbean and may impact Haiti on Monday.”

He concluded, “The 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan for Haiti, which calls for $373 million, is only 21 percent funded.”
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