UN Official: Haiti Needs Accelerated International Support to Address Instability Threats

The top U.N. official in Haiti is urging donors to step up their funding and development programs for the earthquake-ravaged country as it faces political and socioeconomic challenges that threatens its stability.

Political tensions and unstable socioeconomic conditions in Haiti could reverse gains in the country’s recovery and “generate a new crisis,” Mariano Fernandez, the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative to Haiti, said in recent remarks before the U.N. Security Council.

“The future stability of Haiti and its eventual prosperity continue to depend on the political will of its leaders and citizens, as well as on the support of the Security Council and the international community as a whole,” Fernandez said.

He noted that only 37.8 percent of funds committed by donors for the period 2010-2011 has far been provided.

Meanwhile, the lower house of Haiti’s parliament has approved the nomination of Garry Conille as the country’s prime minister. Conille is a doctor who served under former U.S. president Bill Clinton in his role as special U.N. envoy to Haiti, the Washington Post says. Conille is now awaiting Senate approval before he can assume office as prime minister.

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