Haiti: The Key Challenges to “Building Back Better”
His Excellency Raymond Joseph, Ambassador of Haiti to the United States
Paul Weisenfeld, Coordinator of Haiti Task Team, USAID
Sam Worthington, President and CEO, InterAction
Rebeca Grynspan, Associate Administrator, UNDP
Moderator: David Yang, Senior Advisor, UNDP/Washington
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Center for Strategic and International Studies
1800 K Street NW
To support the rebuilding of Haiti, delegations from over 150 countries and international organizations, as well as representatives from Haitian and international civil society, met at the United Nations in New York on March 31. The focus of the conference was the Government of Haiti’s Action Plan for National Recovery and Development. President René Préval stated, ““Let us dream of a new Haiti that rediscovers its destiny in a new societal project: a society which is without exclusion, which overcomes hunger, which ensures to all access to safe and decent shelter, and which provides health care and a quality education.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “Our goal is not just to rebuild. It is to ‘build back better.’”
Accordingly, the Government’s Action Plan seeks not only to address the country’s chronic vulnerability to natural disaster, but also to “tackle the structural causes of Haiti’s under-development.” It aims to transform the tragedy caused by the earthquake into “an opportunity to make [Haiti] an emerging country by 2030.” The Action Plan calls for four types of rebuilding—territorial, economic, social and political. Our Roundtable will discuss the key challenges in each of these areas as well as how the Government and international donors can effectively manage the new funds pledged at the United Nations.
Lunch will be served.
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