US to Host Haiti Rebuilding Conference in March

The U.S. will host an international conference at the United Nations headquarters in early March to gather aid for rebuilding earthquake-ravaged Haiti, the Wall Street Journal reports. The development came during a gathering of senior officials from donor countries and organizations in Montreal.

Event participants included U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.

During the meeting, Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said the country would need foreign reconstruction money for the next five to 10 years.

"It was not an exaggeration to say that at least 10 years of hard work awaits the world in Haiti," Harper said, as quoted by the Washington Post. "We must work to ensure that every resource committed, every relief worker, every vehicle, every dollar is used as effectively as possible."

Although the Montreal conference was not meant to be a pledging event,  Japan committed USD70 million in humanitarian assistance and Norway promised to up its aid to USD34 million.

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