Bill Clinton Named Chief Aid Coordinator in Haiti

The United Nations has formally named former U.S. President Bill Clinton as chief international coordinator for humanitarian operations in quake-struck Haiti, confirming earlier buzz about the special envoy’s appointment to the post, Bloomberg reports.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement Feb. 3 as he called Clinton most capable in leading the massive task of managing relief operations in Haiti, where international aid pledges have reached at least USD2 billion.

Clinton, currently the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, was selected for his experience in post-disaster operations, including his role in reconstruction efforts in Indonesia after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and relief work in Haiti in the wake of hurricane devastation in 2008.

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    Tarra Quismundo joined Devex Manila as a staff writer in October 2009 after more than six years of working as a reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a nationwide daily, for which she covered major breaking news in politics, military, police and international affairs. Tarra's Devex News coverage focuses on key Asian donors and top aid officials around the globe.