March 31st, 2010
05:20 PM ET

International donors pledge more than $8 billion for Haiti

A broad array of international donors Wednesday pledged more than $8 billion in long-term assistance to Haiti's earthquake recovery efforts during a daylong conference at United Nations headquarters.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the conference, titled "Towards a New Future for Haiti," by urging the more than 100 donors in attendance to provide $11.5 billion over the next 10 years for the reconstruction of the island nation left devastated by a 7.0-magnitude quake in January.

"What we envision, today, is wholesale national renewal &.8230; a sweeping exercise in nation-building on a scale and scope not seen in generations," Ban said, according to the United Nations.

The January 12 earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and severely affected the lives of 3 million more. Many are homeless and in dire need of food, clothing, shelter and health care.

About $4 billion of the funds requested will be used for immediate recovery efforts over the next 18 months and will be administered by an interim reconstruction commission co-chaired by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

"The rainy season is fast approaching," Ban said in appealing for immediate funding, according to the U.N. "Some camps for displaced persons are at risk of flooding. Heath and sanitation issues are growing more serious."

In her opening remarks to the conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged $1.15 billion on behalf of the United States, but warned the path toward recovery will be a long one that requires lasting commitments from fellow donor nations.

"We cannot just declare our intentions," she said. "We have to follow through and put them into practice. Therefore, this is not only a conference about what financially we pledge to Haiti. We also have to pledge our best efforts to do better ourselves - to offer our support in a smarter way, a more effective way that produces real results for the people of Haiti."

The United States was one of more than three dozen nations to pledge their support, including Australia, Luxembourg, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, Norway, Gambia, Slovenia, Oman and Japan.

Also Monday, Ban named Edmond Mulet as the U.N.'s special representative in Haiti, replacing Hedi Annabi, who died in the quake. Mulet has been the interim special representative since Annabi's death. He will also continue his work as the head of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

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  1. sbenoit

    Anderson Cooper and Dr sanje Gupta did an excellent work reporting about Haiti. I am a very proud Haitian. Please continue with the great job. Haitiens are going to need you for a very long time. I thank you so much.

    S benoit

    March 31, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |

    The Program for the Reconstruction and Strengthening of the National Health System in Haiti that the government of that country has designed with the cooperation of the Cuban government, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and other countries and humanitarian agencies will ensure broad health coverage especially for low income people.
    This program comprises 101 primary health care centers which are right now being created. It has been estimated that every year 2 800 000 patients could be assisted; 1 300 000 medical emergencies will be taken care of; 168 000 child deliveries will be assisted and 3 million vaccines will be applied.In four years time the cost of the aforementioned services will reach 690 540 739 US dollars. This total includes the cost of the medical services offered – which have been estimated at half the international prices.

    Why to miss and to hide this solidarity help, may be censorship

    March 31, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ken Hansen

    This will do nothing....for eons Haiti has refused to help itself. You can pour as many billions as you want into this place but until Haitians decide to get it right the money will be a pure waste.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. edward guthrie

    For comparison, please advise the amounts pledged by the countries listed. Thankyou

    March 31, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rudy

    as long as the US Government does not allow this money to fall into the hamds of the Haitian Government things will be fine!

    If the Haitian Gov get their greedy hamds on this money I hope the world raise hell and never give again to these crooks!!!

    March 31, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Random

    I can just see the yachts and Cadillacs with shiny rims being ordered now by all the officials and gangs. The people will see a small percentage of this – Haiti will not change.
    Too bad.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jenuine

    This is more than enough to build a country and lifestyle unseen before the tragedy. Will any go to the people and infrastructure of Haiti?

    March 31, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ken Young

    Have UN supervise the entire rebuild projects. Never, NEVER hand money to Hatian politicians. Meanwhile manhunt on those politicians', past & present, foreign accounts.

    April 1, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |