Delegation of the European Union to The Gambia

EU Statement – United Nations Security Council Arria-formula meeting: Haiti

New York, 16/10/2021 - 00:24, UNIQUE ID: 211015_19
Statements on behalf of the EU

15 October 2021, Statement on behalf of the European Union at the United Nations Security Council Arria-formula meeting on Haiti: Beyond the inconvenient truths about underdevelopment in Haiti: seeking pan-African solutions/pathways and supporting national dialogue and reconciliation

Mr. Chairman,

We thank the A3+1 for convening this timely and important meeting.  Haiti is a country affected by chronic and multi-dimensional crises.  All efforts aimed at promoting stability and socio-economic development are more than welcome.  Thank you also for giving the European Union the floor.

The situation in Haiti remains extremely troubling.  In the past months, chronic institutional and socio-economic fragility has been further compounded– first by the heinous assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, and then by the devastating earthquake which struck on 14 August.

When it comes to the earthquake, we welcome the efforts by the authorities to learn the lessons of 2010 and better coordinate the response. The immediate mobilization of the EU emergency toolbox reaffirms our unwavering support to the Haitian people in these challenging times. Commissioner Lenarčič visited Haiti on 17 and 18 September. Three EU Humanitarian Air Bridges, have carried together 177 tons of relief (food, nutrition, shelter and health care equipment). We encourage all international partners to step up their support in line with the Flash Appeal.

The EU also remains highly concerned about rising insecurity and about the degradation of human rights, democracy and rule of law in the country.

On a more positive note, the political agreement of 11 September is an important step forward.  It is the first to enjoy such broad political support, both from opposition and civil society.  Further work is needed from all the parties –government, opposition and civil society – to broaden and consolidate this support.  But if these ongoing efforts are successful, they would finally open up the prospect for free and credible elections, and to de-escalate Haiti’s complex multi-layered crisis.

In this context, the international community should continue capacity-building and provide technical assistance to key institutions in Haiti.  I would like to take this opportunity to recognise and express appreciation for the valuable work conducted by BINUH – United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti.

The EU is currently programming its development cooperation for the upcoming period (2021-2027). Our cooperation aims at providing support to restoring governance and the basic functioning of the Haitian State.  The challenge for the EU and other donors is ensuring that development assistance is spent as effectively and efficiently as possible.  In this regard, the government also needs to prove its commitment and to deliver on governance reforms – across the economic, fiscal, public administration, electoral and constitutional areas; and on rule of law including security, justice and anti-corruption.

The EU remains committed to Haiti and will continue to work with the UN and other international partners to support the political dialogue process, the humanitarian response to the earthquake and sustainable development efforts.

 

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