Haiti Relief Efforts: Montreal Ministerial Preparatory Conference

January 28, 2010
Secretary Clinton With Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon
Leaders at the Montreal Ministerial Preparatory Conference
Secretary Clinton Stands for a Photo with Canadian Foreign Minister Cannon and Other Leaders
Attendees Stand for a Group Photo at the Montreal Ministerial Preparatory Conference
Secretary Clinton With Montreal Police

More about the crisis and how you can help:state.gov/haitiquakeAbout the Author: Arturo A. Valenzuela serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

On January 25, I accompanied Secretary Clinton to the Ministerial Preparatory Conference in Montreal where the international community made critical decisions to ensure the rapid and coordinated delivery of aid to the people of Haiti. Assistance from around the world has been key to making a difference in Haiti since the massive earthquake hit the capital city Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, January 12. Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive was with us in Montreal and provided details on the Haitian government's efforts to find food, shelter and medicine for survivors. Together with the Haitian government, the international community is working to establish a clear and common vision for the early recovery and longer-term reconstruction of Haiti.

This meeting, along with the donor meeting in Dominican Republic on January 18, are important preliminary steps in the preparation for a larger reconstruction conference on Haiti to take place in coming months.

We were joined at the conference by countries and international organizations already involved in the relief effort, as well as those who wish to be involved, including foreign ministers from the Group of Friends of Haiti, such as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. The United States is a proud member of the Group of Friends of Haiti. We were also joined by representatives from Japan, Spain, the European Union, the Dominican Republic, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and the Inter-American Development Bank. All spoke with one voice in support of long-term relief efforts for the Haitian people.

The international community is focused on the long-term need for sustainable growth and new opportunities for the Haitian people. Montreal offered a fitting location for this forward-looking meeting, as the city is home to one of the largest and most vibrant Haitian Diaspora communities in the world. As Secretary Clinton said: "Haiti will need not only the talent and grit of her people, including the Haitian Diaspora, but it will need all of us, partners and friends who are committed not just in the immediate aftermath of this terrible earthquake but for the duration.”

Stay tuned @WHAAsstSecty.



California, USA
January 29, 2010

OyterCracker in California writes:

I really think America has good systems of delivery. It would be nice if America took the lead and got some systems in place quickly before chaos breaks out. One thing in particular is organizing work crews. The quicker large numbers of men are working the better it will be for Haiti to get back to some sense of normalcy. The children also need to be protected and settled in schools so that they can get back to their routine of school life. Setting up temporary schools in fields, parks, beaches needs to be done quickly and efficiently. Why can't France donate books, workbooks, pencils? Even 3 hours /day of school is something and can be therapeutic for the children because school is a protected place and they'll remember happier times. School also gives parents a break so that they can get their mind on rebuilding the country. Concentrating on work, rebuilding and school can be Haiti's new mantra. Organization is key. America can really help with getting the country organized but it should happen quickly. In other words, GET THE JOB DONE! In the way Americans always can and do.

Dashon S.
Ohio, USA
February 12, 2010

Dashon in Ohio writes:

I want to know how many countries and what are those countries names in which they are going to rebuild Haiti after the earthquake on January 12, 2010? Because Mrs.Clinton went to Montreal,Quebec, Canada about rebuilding Haiti after the earthquake on January 12, 2010. And I want to know what the countries are. Because according to a news reporter on CNN (Cable News Network), I think she said 15 countries but she didn't say what the countries are. Because I want to know about that so they can rebuild Haiti after the earthquake on January 12, 2010.

Jean C.
Florida, USA
May 4, 2010

Jean M.C. in Florida writes:

I would love to find a job with the organizations on rebuild haiti.


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