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UN Rolls Out Aid Package for Cholera-Hit Haiti

Haiti's cholera epidemic started in 2010 and has and killed more than 10,000 people and affected 700,000. AFP/File / by André VIOLLAZ

submitted by Mike Perrett

france24.com - AFP - by André VIOLLAZ - September 29, 2016

UNITED NATIONS (UNITED STATES) (AFP) - The United Nations will mobilize $181 million to shore up the emergency response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti and at least an equal amount for the victims and their families, a senior UN official says.

Rights Advocates Suing U.N. Over the Spread of Cholera in Haiti

Image: A cholera outbreak in Haiti that began in 2010 has killed 8,300 people and sickened 650,000. Damon Winter/The New York Times

nytimes.com - October 8th, 2013 - Rick Gladstone

Advocates for Haitian victims of the deadly cholera epidemic that first afflicted their country three years ago said they were taking the extraordinary step on Wednesday of suing the United Nations, asserting that the organization’s peacekeeping force in Haiti was responsible for introducing the disease through sewage contamination from its barracks.

The lawsuit, which the advocates said they would file in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Wednesday morning, will be the strongest action they have taken in pressing the United Nations to acknowledge at least some culpability for the outbreak of cholera, a highly contagious scourge spread through human feces that had been largely absent from Haiti for 100 years.

Cholera has killed more than 8,300 Haitians and sickened more than 650,000 in the earthquake-ravaged country, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, since it first reappeared in October 2010.

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A Worsening Haitian Tragedy

nytimes.com - March 17, 2013

The aid group Doctors Without Borders said last Tuesday that the cholera crisis in Haiti was getting worse, for the most unnecessary and appalling of reasons: a lack of money and basic medical supplies.

. . . International efforts to defeat the epidemic include a 10-year, $2.2 billion plan for major investments in clean water, sanitation and medical infrastructure. But that is a project for the future, one that isn’t even funded yet. Doctors Without Borders says people are dying now, needlessly, because attention and money are running out.

Ex-Jamaican Leader Blasts UN For Denying Haiti Cholera Claims

atlantablackstar.com - March 14, 2013

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Former Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson blasted the decision by the United Nations to invoke “legal immunity” for rejecting compensation claims by some 5,000 Haitian victims of cholera.

“It is simply appalling, a most reprehensible behavior… for the U.N. to claim such immunity,” Patterson told the Jamaica Observer in a telephone interview.

A Chance to Right a Wrong in Haiti

nytimes.com - February 22nd, 2013 - Louise C. Ivers

On Thursday, the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, rejected a legal claim for compensation filed in 2011 on behalf of cholera victims in Haiti. Through a spokesperson, Mr. Ban said the claims, brought by a nongovernmental organization, were “not receivable” because of the United Nations’ diplomatic immunity.

Regardless of the merits of this argument, the United Nations has a moral, if not legal, obligation to help solve a crisis it inadvertently helped start.

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How the U.N. Caused Haiti's Cholera Crisis -- and Won't Be Held Responsible


Image: Boys on their way to fill water jugs pause near a cross adorned with black cloth on a hill overlooking a burial site for earthquake victims outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 10, 2011. (Allison Shelley/Reuters)

theatlantic.com - February 26th, 2013 - Armin Rosen

If a multinational corporation behaved the way the U.N. did in Haiti, it would be sued for stratospheric amounts of money. And that's just for starters: Were Unilever or Coca-Cola responsible for a cholera outbreak that killed 8,000 people and infected 640,000 more, and for subsequently covering up its employees' failure to adhere to basic sanitation standards, it is likely their executives would have difficulty visiting countries claiming universal legal jurisdiction. They would have to contend with Interpol red notices, along with the occasional cream pie attack. And the companies themselves would go into damage control mode, akin to BP's post-oil-spill public relations blitz, or Wal-Mart's pivot toward promoting American-made products.

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Towards a Post-MINUSTAH Haiti: Making an Effective Transition

submitted by Mike Kraft

crisisgroup.org - Port-au-Prince/Bogotá/Brussels | 2 Aug 2012

The UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) needs a gradual reconfiguration of its operations prior to a withdrawal, to avoid a security vacuum and give Haiti the chance for sustainable development.

OCHA Haiti - Humanitarian Bulletin (July 2012)

Cholera Response

There is great concern about a possible upsurge in cholera due to contamination of water sources during heavy rains in enclaved areas. MSPP expects an upsurge in new cholera cases with the onset of the second half of the rainy and cyclone seasons, which run from September to November.

Interview with Nigel Fisher, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti


Nigel Fisher, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

UN News Centre - May 3, 2012

While the overall humanitarian situation has improved, funding for relief work has fallen, leading to some concerns about the ability of the humanitarian community to fully provide frontline services for those in need.

UN Documents Propose Mandatory Sustainability Reporting

submitted by Albert Gomez

environmentalleader.com - January 31, 2012

Two influential documents – the Rio+20 negotiating text and the recommendations of the U.N. secretary general’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability – both propose tighter sustainability reporting requirements for businesses, according to Chatham House fellow Paul Hohnen, writing in the Guardian.

USUN - Passage of the Fifth Committee Regular Budget for the 2012-2013 Biennium

New York, New York - December 29, 2011

The United States is proud to have negotiated, alongside our international partners, a strengthened, more efficient, and more effective United Nations budget that saves the American taxpayers millions of dollars and sets the United Nations on the path of real fiscal discipline and continued reform. Highlights of the 2012-2013 biennium budget include:

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