Statement by Nancy Madrigal Muñoz, Chargé d'Affaires a.i of Cuba, on behalf of CELAC at the ECOSOC Substantive Session on Agenda item: Coordination, Programmes and other questions; subsection (d): Long-Term Programme of Support for Haiti. Geneva, 23 July 2013.
I have the honor to speak on behalf of Member States of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
We appreciate the submission of the report of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti, whose mandate has been to closely monitor and provide advice on the strategy of long-term development of Haiti. We take note of the recommendations included in the report and the assertions on the remarkable progress experienced in Haiti, as a result of the efforts made by Haitian authorities and several sectors of the society.
CELAC reaffirms its solidarity to the people and the Government of Haiti and acknowledge the key role of international efforts to help this brotherly country, with full respect to its national priorities and sovereignty.
Haiti became integral part of CELAC Agenda since the very beginning; this confirms the priority level granted by Latin American and Caribbean Governments to this sister nation.
CELAC’s Heads of State and Government have reaffirmed their strong commitment to continue contributing effectively to the efforts for the reconstruction and development of Haiti, the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean, considering the fundamental priorities and needs defined by the Government of that sister Republic and with full respect to its authority and sovereignty, as well as to the principle of non-interference in domestic affairs.
CELAC’s leaders have welcomed the initiatives of the National Government of Haiti to eliminate poverty and promote social development of the Haitian people; and the joint efforts of the region of Latin America and the Caribbean to support the strengthening of institutions of the Haitian State.
CELAC and its Member States have stated their firm commitment to consolidate the values and principles of South-South Cooperation with the Republic of Haiti, in the construction and development of that nation.
The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has been a key factor to help the Haitian people to consolidate stability and rule of law, as well as to foster economic and social development, especially in the reconstruction of the country after the earthquake of 2010. The situation in Haiti continues to be challenging in various ways, though.
We are committed to helping our Haitian brothers and sisters onto the path of stabilization, sustainable peace and development. With this aim, CELAC countries are contributing most of the military personnel as well as police to MINUSTAH. We are also supporting Haiti via bilateral channels, regional and subregional organizations, and the United Nations system by providing technical cooperation, humanitarian assistance, medical teams and other forms of support.
The main objective of the international cooperation to eradicate poverty and further social development of the Haitian people must focus on the priorities expressed by the Government of Haiti, which were reiterated by the Foreign Ministers of CELAC through the Resolution on Special Cooperation with the Republic of Haiti, adopted in the context of the First CELAC Summit, held this year in Santiago, Chile on 27 and 28 January.
In that regard, the Resolution of CELAC Ministers refers to energy, employment, Rule of Law, strengthening of State institutions, education, environment, eradication of hunger and extreme poverty, health, agriculture and infrastructure, as sectors of priority.
CELAC’s Member States stress again that the Government of Haiti stated its willingness for the technical and financial international, regional and bilateral cooperation be entirely coordinated through the Government of Haiti and in accordance with the priorities thus established.
CELAC will continue to follow up international efforts to eradicate poverty and promote the social development of the Haitian people and, at the same time, it will continue with its active contribution for the achievement of those goals, as part of the integration process boosted by Latin America and the Caribbean. In like manner, CELAC urges United Nations Member States and the relevant programmes and agencies of the UN System to redouble efforts to support the full development of Haiti, in close coordination with the Haitian Government.
Thank you very much.