World Urban Forum discusses reconstruction of Haiti

11:22, March 24, 2010      

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The participants of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme's (UN-Habitat) fifth World Urban Forum discussed on Tuesday the financial aid and reconstruction of Haiti, which was destroyed by a major earthquake in January.

Haitian Prime-Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said in the Forum that the Haitian government will present a plan of reconstruction in New York at the end of this month.

According to him, Haiti needs at least 350 million U.S. dollars immediately, in order to ensure that the country's people has enough drinking water and the children can return to school.

In the next 18 months, the country will need a total of 3.5 billion dollars to start the rebuilding efforts, Bellerive said. In order to rebuild everything the January earthquake destroyed, a total of 11.5 billion dollars will be necessary.

Brazil's Foreign Relations Minister Celso Amorim, who is also participating in the Forum, said the international aid to the Caribbean country is very positive, but it needs coordination, which must be carried out by the Haitian government itself.

"You need a United Nations organ to coordinate all that, under the supervision of the Haitian government," he said.

Source: Xinhua
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