International donors met on U.N. Donors Conferance on Haiti, $9 billion promised to rebuild .
International donors $4 billion to rebuild Haiti
International donors met on Wednesday to pledge some $5.2 billion to Haiti, launching a worldwide effort to rebuild the country after January’s shattering earthquake.
“What we envision today is wholesale national renewal,” United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, opening a one-day conference of some 120 countries, international organizations and aid agencies.
Ban called for quick donations in response to a U.N. request for $1.4 billion in immediate humanitarian assistance for Haiti, which even before the January 12 earthquake was the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
So far, the request has only been half funded, fueling fears that the rainy season will compound the disaster for some 1.2 million Haitians left homeless by the disaster.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, co-host of Wednesday’s meeting, said the United States would pledge $1.15 billion for long-term recovery, which she said must be planned and executed by Haiti’s government.
“We also have to pledge our best efforts to do better ourselves, to offer our support in a smarter way, a more effective way that produces real results for the people of Haiti,” Clinton said.
Clinton was joined on the dais by her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the U.N. special envoy for Haiti who will coordinate relief efforts for the country. READ MORE HERE