Bill Clinton to Lead Haiti Relief, Reconstruction

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is expected to be declared international coordinator for relief efforts in quake-struck Haiti, United Nations officials told Reuters ahead of an anticipated announcement this week.

Clinton, now the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, is said to have “strong backing from UN member states” because of his long experience in international diplomacy and humanitarian work.

Once appointed the lead relief coordinator, Clinton will “represent the UN at the strategic level” and oversee financial and in-kind aid as well as reconstruction work, said Reuters sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Clinton, who visited Haiti in the early days of the international relief effort, called on world leaders to help relief and rebuilding efforts in the Caribbean nation while speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week.

About the author

  • Tarra Quismundo

    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.