UN Secretary-General, Former President Clinton discuss cash-for-work programme

January 22nd, 2010 - 2:00 pm ICT by BNO News  

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (BNO NEWS) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Special Envoy President Clinton on Thursday stressed the importance to get the Haitian economy back on its feet as soon as possible.

By the end of the week, the cash-for-work programme will be expanded to include another 700 people to remove rubble and bring essential infrastructure, such as electricity, back online.

“It’s really important to try to continue to get the immediate emergency aid up to scale,” President Clinton, who serves as UN Special Envoy for Haiti, told reporters following a meeting with Secretary-General Ban at UN Headquarters.

“The cash-for-work programme is the next step,” he said. “It’s really important to give young people something positive to do and a lot of people there want to be a part of rebuilding their country.”

The quake is estimated to have affected one third of the 9 million citizens of Haiti, already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Mr. Clinton and the Secretary-General, both of whom visited Port-au-Prince following the earthquake, stressed the urgency of getting the people back to work as soon as possible.

“Through this cash-for-work programme, we can employ many young men and women who can really devote themselves to the early phase of recovery,” said Mr. Ban, urging generous support for the $41 million appeal launched by UNDP to support the cash-for-work programme.

Additionally, the UN, together with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the European Commission, are planning a post-disaster assessment mission for reconstruction purposes.

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