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Francis, President of the General Assembly, affirms that there are clear indications of optimism for Haiti.
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Francis, President of the General Assembly, affirms that there are clear indications of optimism for Haiti.

Dennis Francis, an experienced diplomat from Trinidad and Tobago, recently shared that upon returning from a trip to Haiti at the end of last month, he was filled with hope and confidence that despite facing numerous obstacles, Haiti’s future is full of potential.

The nation has experienced nearly 4,000 fatalities and 3,000 abductions as a result of gang-related conflicts in the current year. This has occurred amidst a period of political, economic, and security turmoil, resulting in widespread lawlessness throughout the country.

While driving through the streets of Port au Prince, Mr. Francis observed clear indications of hope. He noted that the Haitian people’s unwavering resilience and determination have enabled them to devise innovative solutions to overcome daily obstacles.

There is plenty of potential.

He stated that Haiti has plenty of potential and it is not too late for the international community to take action and support the Haitian people. He also emphasized that the top priority is improving security.

He stated that the Haitian people are being deprived of their freedoms and rights due to uncontrollable violence, which is hindering the country’s progress towards sustainable development.

Roughly 40% of healthcare employees in Haiti have allegedly departed the nation, while females and young females have been victimized by savage sexual violence, leading to many living in a recurring state of fear and psychological distress.

Credibility at stake

He stated that the UN and international community cannot maintain credibility by ignoring the situation.

Mr. Francis observed that the much-awaited dispatch of a Multinational Security Support Mission, as approved by the Security Council on October 2nd, has not occurred.

Many in Haiti are eagerly waiting for this, as 80% of the capital is currently controlled by gangs and their influence is expanding into rural areas. This is causing great concern.

He conveyed his gratitude to Kenya for taking the lead in this crucial mission and also acknowledged all other nations that have committed or are considering contributing.

According to news sources, despite challenges in politics and law, the initial team of Kenyan officers is expected to be sent out in the beginning of next year.

I urged the authorities, along with members of Haiti’s political parties and representatives from civil society, to overcome their disagreements. I emphasized that each person involved has a responsibility to prioritize the well-being of the country and its citizens.

He urged political leaders in Haiti to shift their focus away from themselves and instead prioritize the needs of their constituents. He emphasized that the people of Haiti have faced significant challenges and deserve the opportunity to succeed. He also stressed that Haiti belongs to everyone and it is the responsibility of political elites seeking office to work towards improving the country for the benefit of young Haitians.

Support the community by standing together: ECOSOC president

Paula Narváez, the President of ECOSOC, stated that the UN’s main bodies must come together and show their support for the Haitian people by taking collective action.

She stated that although Haiti must take charge, a comprehensive strategy is necessary for the future, which includes backing from Haitian community organizations, women, and young people.

Ms. Narváez emphasized the utmost importance of prioritizing the saving of Haitian lives. She urged all partners to significantly increase their support for the Haiti Humanitarian Response Plan, which is currently only 33 percent funded as of last week.

In addition, attention should be directed towards building lasting resilience through sustainable progress. This involves bolstering organizations, implementing reforms for fairness and the rule of law, and promoting gender equality through the empowerment of women.

Next, she advocated for the execution of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, a four-year strategy outlining key objectives and a definite course of action.

This program provides assistance to young individuals in Haiti, who make up 60% of the population, by encouraging investments from both the private sector and civil society.

She stated that ECOSOC is committed to finding ways to promote lasting stability and tackle the underlying issues causing crises in Haiti.

Redouble support

The advisory group on Haiti from ECOSOC urged international financial institutions to increase their aid to the nation.

The group reiterated the significance of cooperation and unity among partners, as well as the meaningful involvement and ownership of Haitians.

The Advisory Group appreciates the strong partnership between global financial organizations and United Nations entities. It also promotes ongoing communication between the UN and regional groups.