International Donors' Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 31, 2010

The United States, in cooperation with the Government of Haiti, joined the United Nations in co-hosting a ministerial-level International Donors' Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti on March 31, 2010, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In her remarks at the conference, Secretary Clinton said:

"[T]the United States pledges $1.15 billion for Haiti's long-term recovery and reconstruction. This money will go toward supporting the Government of Haiti's plan to strengthen agriculture, energy, health, security, and governance. We are committed to working with the people and organizations throughout Haiti, including civil society groups, private businesses, NGOs, and citizens. And I'm very glad to see so many of them represented here today.

"We will also be looking for ways to engage our Haitian diaspora. Haitian Americans have much to contribute to this effort. And we will seek specifically to empower the women of Haiti. I've said this so many times that I know I sound like a broken record, but investing in women is the best investment we can make in any country. And investing in the Haitian women will fuel the long-term economic recovery and progress, not only for them, but for their families.

"Over the years, all of our countries have learned many lessons, particularly from the tsunami that the United Nations was instrumental in leading the response to. Now, we must put those lessons to work in Haiti. I'm very excited and very committed on behalf of President Obama, the Government of the United States, and the people of the United States to help Haiti and to help the leaders of Haiti lead a recovery effort worthy of their highest hopes."Full Text.

Read more about the earthquake in Haiti and the international response here.



Djems V.
March 31, 2010

Djems V. in Turkey writes:

Thanks for permiting following live this events so important...

New Mexico, USA
March 31, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

After watching Ambassador John Bolton's remarks on "Soveregnity" at the Heritage foundation, I was just thinking amidst all his criticism of internationalism in foreign policy, as a threat to soveregnity (our's in particular), that herein this donor's conference the international community has the perfect opportunity to prove it can stand together to protect and nuture a nation's soverign independance, economicly and politically, as well as in the legal framework of rebuilding Haiti by all nations involved.

In the end I think that goal can only be met if Haiti is no longer dependant on peacekeepers or foreign assistance to retain viability as a soverign state.

I would answer John's remarks this way;

"Soveregnity is like a muscle, either a nation excercises it or it atrophies. Without challenge put to soveregnity, it won't retain strength or suppleness in a changing world, evermore becoming interdependant among national interests on multiple levels in dealing with multiple crisis on a diplomatic level.

Sovergnity is a privilage, not a right. A privilage granted to governments by the will of the people it governs, and both dictators and the elected understand this fact of human nature that it can be taken away from their care at anytime the public trust is violated, and preferably via elections.

Break the peace and nations excercise the sovereign right to defend themselves and restore peace at the expense of the aggressor's soveregnity and hold on power.

Thus it is a privilage held in global trust as well, and a government breaks that at their own risk."

As for the law of the Sea and other related applications in space,

"When battleships give way to sailboats, how does the world realize its true self?"

I hope he'll take the time to ponder this koan for the 21st century.


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