UN Foundation supporting Haiti earthquake relief efforts
14 January 2010
The United Nations Foundation is supporting relief teams from
the World Food Programme and the UN partner Télécoms Sans Frontières
being deployed in the devastated areas of Haiti following the earthquake
on 12 January.
United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner issued the
following statement in response to the January 12 earthquake in Haiti:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the catastrophic
earthquake in Haiti last night. We offer condolences to the families of
those Haitians, UN peacekeepers and other international staff who have
suffered tremendous losses.
"We are particularly concerned by reports that UN staff including Hedi
Annabi, Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, are missing
following the collapse of the UN headquarters building. The men and
women of the United Nations work on the global frontlines, putting their
lives at risk to help address the world’s most pressing problems. Many
of them have paid an enormous price today.
“We are committing $1 million today to address the most urgent
humanitarian and re-construction needs in Haiti. The United Nations
Foundation is calling on its partners and friends to add their support
by contributing to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund
(CERF), which is the UN’s humanitarian fund responding to emergencies
like the earthquake in Haiti. Donations can be made on-line at
“We note UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s statement that UN
agencies are deploying to provide humanitarian assistance in close
coordination with all parties on the ground. Such quick action, and the
release of $10 million from CERF, is vital in preventing even further
loss of life. We are grateful for the close coordination of the US
Government and other partners to ensure that timely, effective
assistance gets to those that need it most.
“We are closely following reports about the devastation to facilities
of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). This ongoing
peacekeeping effort, comprised of over 9000 international forces, has
been in place since the mid-1990s to enhance stability in the country.
The UN is working side-by-side with Haitians to provide important
security sector reforms, offer election monitoring and police training.
UN peacekeepers now face the difficult transition to aid in the search,
rescue and recovery efforts in the country, while confronting major
personal losses of friends and colleagues.
“The UN Foundation and Vodafone Foundation are also supporting the
immediate deployment of two emergency response teams who will work to
rebuild the communications infrastructure crippled by the earthquake.
These teams, from the World Food Programme and the UN partner Télécoms
Sans Frontières, are deploying to provide emergency communications
systems that will enable relief workers to coordinate the delivery of
life-saving aid and supplies.”
Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) says that it has deployed an emergency
team from the American base in Managua to provide support in emergency
telecoms. They are carrying satellite mobile and fixed
telecommunications tools. Reinforcements will also be sent from TSF’s
international Headquarters. In close contact with the United Nations
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the
European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO), they are now
flying to Saint-Domingue in order to rejoin Port-au-Prince as soon as
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