UN announces five new major projects for Haiti

07 Oct 2010

Port au Prince/New York -The United Nations welcomes the decisions made yesterday by the Board of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), including the approval of five partially funded projects developed by UN agencies and the Haitian government.

Of the 18 projects approved yesterday by the IHRC Board, five were jointly developed by UN agencies and national authorities in line with government priorities, covering prevention of and response to sexual violence against women, support to the national disaster risk reduction system and watershed protection, development of the Port au Piment area, and school rehabilitation.

Resource mobilization efforts are ongoing for these projects and those approved at the last Board meeting in August, but major funding gaps remain. In addition to these proposals, the UN has dozens of projects ongoing as part of its humanitarian response to this quake, and transition to longer term recovery.

“Despite the recent acceleration of commitments and disbursements for Haiti’s long term reconstruction, immediate funding for these very important projects remains one of our main constraints to fast implementation,” said Rebeca Grynspan, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme and UN representative at the IHRC.

“We greatly appreciate the continued support of the co-chairs of the Commission in addressing this issue and will continue to work closely with them to secure the financial basis for all future work in Haiti.”