Bill Clinton Discusses Haiti Education, Debris Management

By Dialogo
August 23, 2010

Former U.S. President and United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton visited the Caribbean nation on August 18 to meet with local government officials, UN representatives, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector donors to discuss initiatives on Haitian education, energy and debris management, according to a report by Xinhua.

Clinton heeded UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s request to be his special envoy to Haiti in 2009, and has been there numerous times since then to bring aid and awareness to the needs of the nation.

More notably, this effort was expanded to help with reconstruction efforts since the January 12 earthquake that destroyed the capital of Port-au-Prince and nearby areas, and killed more than 300,000 people.

Following the earthquake, the UN took the lead in a series of recovery projects designed to support the Haitian government in its attempt to rebuild the country, while developing systems focused to reduce the impact of future disasters on the already-stressed population, reported Xinhua.

Special Envoy Clinton has also been tasked to oversee the spending of $5.3 billion for Haiti over the next 18-24 months, and $9.9 billion promised from the International Donors Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti held in New York in March, over the next decade.