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Friday, 19 February 2010

EU, UN and United States pledge to improve their coordination in Haiti

After attending an informal meeting of European development ministers at La Granja de San Ildefonso in Segovia, the three main players in rebuilding Haiti after the earthquake, the UN, the EU and the United States, pledged to improve coordination between them in order to ensure a more effective division of the workload. The most urgent requirement right now is for latrines, tents and plastic sheeting to prevent more than one million Haitians from having to survive out in the open with the rains and hurricane season almost upon them, said the Head of the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Edmond Mulet. Spain's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, stressed that the tragedy in Haiti would serve as a "model" for the European Union in developing a new way of working more effectively. The European Commission's Commissioners for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Andris Piebalgs and Kristalina Georgieva, and the Administrator of USAID, Rajiv Shah, also agreed on the need for countries to better coordinate their aid. The American humanitarian aid representative, Rajiv Shah, said the United States had made a "solid and long-term" commitment to Haiti, and promised that improving how work is done jointly with the country's partners was a priority for the government of Barack Obama.

Source: Spanish Presidency of the EU