Haiti International Donors' Conference Press Availability

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 31, 2010

Update: Read a transcript of remarks after the Haiti Donors' Conference here.

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. Watch a live broadcast of a press availability with Secretary Clinton and other leaders participating in the conference today at 5:30 p.m. (EDT).



Al S.
United States
March 31, 2010

Al S. in U.S.A. writes:

Haiti needs a Fresh Start. Let's make it happen. Think outside the box.

The Haitian Diaspora can actively participate in Haiti Reconstruction by ADOPTING an ISLAND. "L'ile de la Tortue" for example.

ADOPTING AN ISLAND means having a long term commitment there. Deploying all kind of resources to the Island.

ADOPTING AN ISLAND in Haiti means applying the Marshall Plan . It means rebuilding the Island to make it a model, a success story for years to come.


Haiti Fresh Start

United States
April 1, 2010

Oyster C. in U.S.A. writes:

My suggestion to the BBC was to have the USA concentrate on the West part of Haiti, the Chinese the East, Europe the South and the Pacific regions the East. Overlayed with a transportation grid and partnering in education, schools etc. France should supply Haiti with all the curriculum materials and teacher training as pay back for all the years they made Haiti suffer. The USA can build satellite universities and partner in educational projects. One way of reducing the cost of these projects is to keep track of every bag of cement, nail, screw and corrugated roof material. Holding on tight to the purse strings will force people to be more creative and imaginative. If buildings are built under or on budget, small amounts of money can be awarded for landscaping or needed supplies. If Hilary's husband can get the world to donate most of the building supplies then the 1.5 billion could be saved in an interest bearing account and used for educational enrichment for Haiti's children. Then at least the money would be spent on Haiti's greatest future resource and not squandered away by corruption.

New Mexico, USA
April 2, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

This post-doner's conference - press conference was an amazing event, definately one for the record books.

One really has to watch the video to fully appreciate the humor displayed.


Or the look on that poor 7-question reporter's face when the Sec. General of the UN gave him a dressing down for going off topic, and then having all his questions answered in tandem tag-team fashion by the participants.

With only the thought put forward of a nuclear capable Haiti by it's president bringing the conference back on topic. ('bout fell off my chair laughing, thank you very much Mr. President)

Poor Ban Ki Moon, I think he really struggled to keep a strait face throughout. ( some semblance of dignity must be maintained on such occasions I guess )

But even so, all concerned had some very philosophical points to make on the vision of international aid and coordination, capped by the notable question posed by the French Foreign Minister as to why it is that nations only get together like this in crisis?

We'll need to have a full press briefing on that topic alone I'm afraid, but I liked his attitude.

The notion of Haiti's "second independance" posed in "brief remarks" being an inspiration to the process...

Well in the end I'm not sure if this is the way to run a press conference, but it sure seems like the way to run a doner's conference.


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