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United Nations General Assembly

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United Nations, New York, 13 January 2010

Informal plenary meeting of the General Assembly on the earthquake in Haiti

Following the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti resulting in heavy loss of life and widespread devastation, the President of the General Assembly convened today an urgent informal plenary meeting of the General Assembly which was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The meeting started with a minute of silence and prayers for those who lost their lives.

On this occasion, Member States were briefed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former United States President Bill Clinton, in his capacity as United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti, on the steps already underway and further action required to mobilize the necessary assistance, especially rescue operations, water, food, shelter, first aid and emergency relief.

Member States expressed sympathy for and solidarity with the people of Haiti and informed about the assistance being extended by them. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Tommo Monthe, Permanent Representative of Cameroon to the United Nations and Acting President of the General Assembly. The Acting President welcomed the strong expression of support and called for concerted and sustained action to deliver on the ground the much needed assistance to the people of Haiti in the most urgent and effective manner.

The General Assembly will remain seized of the situation to consider possible further action in support of the international efforts in Haiti.