The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began ramping up its operations in Haiti by opening 16 fixed food distribution sites offering supplies to some 2 million people affected by the massive earthquake in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
The United Nations today urged international donors to fund a $700 million plan to rebuild Haiti’s critical agricultural sector, the cornerstone of the Government’s strategy to get the country back on its feet after the catastrophic 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck on 12 January.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has issued a call to protect Haitian artefacts in the wake of the massive earthquake in a bid to prevent pillaging from the rubble of the Caribbean nation’s numerous landmarks, including the Presidential Palace.
The emergency relief operation in Haiti continues to make progress on a daily basis although considerable logistical restraints have meant large numbers of people suffering from the impact of the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake have not yet received the aid they need, the United Nations humanitarian chief said today.
Even before this month’s earthquake, Port-au-Prince could be a difficult place to work. Now, with half the city destroyed, 1 million residents displaced and the stress from frequent aftershocks, there are new challenges to working in the Haitian capital.
Haiti’s police force has made an “outstanding” effort to maintain law and order in the wake of this month’s catastrophic earthquake, a senior United Nations official said today, noting that the force has continued to carry out its work despite the collapse of its headquarters and many police stations the loss of hundreds of personnel.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to United Nations personnel who perished in the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti earlier this month, hailing their courage and dedication in the face of catastrophe.
Not only must Haiti’s infrastructure be built back better in the wake of the devastating earthquake, but its human rights mechanisms must also be enhanced, the top United Nations rights official said today.
Seven-year-old Charlie Simpson of London originally planned to just enjoy a bicycle ride in the local park with his father. Instead, he made a five-mile trip that has raised more than £150,000 for children affected by this month’s Haitian earthquake, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced.