In the wake of the devastating quake which struck Haiti last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized the need to rebuild the impoverished Caribbean nation and “turn disaster into opportunity" in his address to the General Assembly.
“Haiti’s recovery must begin with its people – strong, resilient and impatient to get to work rebuilding their lives and their country,”
Last week’s disaster provides an “opportunity to build back better,” he said, quoting his Special Envoy Bill Clinton. On top of restoring the Government, governance must be improved,
Good. Bring back Aristide maybe?
and along with rebuilding factories, the right environment to draw ever greater investment must be created
Depends on who from, and what for. Not Halliburton we hope.
To this end, the UN has launched a cash-for-work programme to “help Haitians help themselves” by paying them to clear rubble from the street, distribute urgently-needed aid and build camps for those made homeless by the quake.
Good. It would be better if they were giving money to communities to do the work together, rather than acting as employers.
This is a good start, but the reconstruction effort needs to be based on community and ecological principles.
No mention (in the report at least) of the need for reforestation, and for new buildings to be made earthquake and hurricane proof.
I could find not working groups, committees or planning for earthquakes on the UN site. Nothing on disaster planning. Hmm. It looks as if there is a very large mad elephant asleep in one corner of the UNs china shop, and nobody quite knows what to do about it.
Call to cancel Haiti's Debt
No Shock Doctrine for Haiti
Link: Reconstructing Haiti