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UN’s Ban apologizes to people of Haiti, outlines new plan to fight cholera epidemic and help communities

01 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today apologized to the people of Haiti, expressing deep regret for the loss of life and suffering caused by the country’s cholera epidemic, and outlined the way forward including immediate steps to stem the outbreak and long-term support for those affected – while also highlighting the need for adequate funding of the proposal.


Haiti: UN’s new approach on cholera puts people at heart of the response

30 November 2016 – The response to cholera in Haiti will be a “long and thorough battle,” but the United Nations will stand by the Haitian people and authorities, Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said on the eve of the launch of the world body's new approach to tackling the epidemic in the country.


More than 729,000 Haitians vaccinated against cholera in UN-supported campaign

25 November 2016 – A Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/ United Nations World Health Organization (WHO)-backed vaccination campaign has reached more than 729,000 people in Haiti’s areas devastated by Hurricane Matthew, which hit the country last month, the health agencies said.


Damages to agricultural sector in storm-hit Haiti estimated at $580 million – UN agency

23 November 2016 – Post-disaster assessments by the United Nations food security and emergency food relief agencies in hurricane-hit Haiti have revealed “extensive” damage to crops, livestock and fisheries as well as to infrastructure such as irrigation – with the most affected areas having up to 100 per cent crop damage or destruction.


Outer space is driver for disaster risk management, sustainable development – UN expert

22 November 2016 – Space applications related to telecommunications and global navigation can play a vital role in supporting disaster risk reduction, response and recovery efforts, a senior United Nations official said today at the UN forum on space as a socio-economic driver for sustainable development under way in Dubai.


In storm-hit Haiti, ‘physical rehabilitation and psycho-social support go hand-in-hand’ – UNESCO

22 November 2016 – Hurricane Matthew disrupted education in Haiti for more than 100,000 children, affecting some 770 schools, 150 of which are still being used as shelters, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which is working to restore education – one of the vital signs of recovery after a natural disaster.


Ban welcomes Haiti elections, urges parties to show statesmanship as process moves forward

21 November 2016 – Welcoming the holding of elections in Haiti on 20 November, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that the process “is crucial to ending the current governance vacuum” and urged all the parties involved “to show statesmanship at this critical time for the country.”


With continuous support, storm-hit Haiti can make real and tangible progress – UNICEF

18 November 2016 – In light of upcoming elections in Haiti – which recently suffered the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today expressed hope that the rights and needs of children would be a priority for those elected.


MARRAKECH: ‘We strive to lead,’ climate-vulnerable countries declare, pledging robust action on Paris accord

18 November 2016 – At the United Nations Climate Conference under way in Marrakech, Morocco, known as ‘COP 22,’ more than 45 of the world’s countries that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change pledged today to pursue robust action towards implementation of the landmark Paris Agreement.


Global humanitarian response affected by lack of funding – senior UN relief official

16 November 2016 – Returning from recent visits to Haiti, Sudan and South Sudan, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said that while low funding for aid operations around the world challenge prompt and needed relief, the deteriorating humanitarian situation in conflict-riven South Sudan is the most “alarming.”