UN chief opens int'l donors conference with call for wholesale rebuilding of Haiti

14:27, April 01, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for the wholesale rebuilding of Haiti as he urged donors to provide 11.5 billion U.S. dollars over the next 10 years for the reconstruction of the Caribbean nation that was devastated by a massive earthquake on Jan. 12.

"What we envision, today, is wholesale national renewal ... a sweeping exercise in national-building on a scale and scope not seen in generations," the secretary-general told delegates from more than 130 nations who have gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for a high-level meeting aimed at securing the financial resources necessary to help Haiti recover and rebuild after the devastating earthquake.

Some 3.9 billion U.S. dollars out of the 11.5 billion dollars being sought will be channeled into specific projects through a newly-created Interim Haiti Recovery Commission during the next 18 months.

Ban said reconstruction work must move in tandem with emergency relief and urged donors to provide further support to the revised humanitarian appeal for Haiti. That appeal is calling for 1.4 billion dollars, but is currently only 50 percent funded.

"The rainy season is fast approaching. Some camps for displaced persons are at risk of flooding," he said. "Heath and sanitation issues are growing more serious."

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