UN Haiti Creole website to “reflect on and project the concerns of all people”
24 October 2022
A new website in Creole launched on United Nations Day* by the UN in Haiti will “reflect on and project the concerns of people across Haiti” according to the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ulrika Richardson.
It is the first time the UN Country Team which includes UN humanitarian and development agencies has published a website in Haitian Creole. [https://haiti.un.org/ht]
“I’m proud to launch this Creole version of the UN Haiti website, which we believe will make the United Nations more accessible to a greater number of Haitian people,” said Ms Richardson. “It is especially important during times of crisis that people understand the role of the United Nations in Haiti. We hope this website will generate interest and an increased recognition of the UN and our partnerships in support of local, regional and national authorities and other actors such as private sector and civil society.”
The website, which is also available in French and English, highlights the challenges Haiti faces, but also the country’s great potential and how the United Nations is collaborating with Haitians to explore these opportunities and find solutions that will help accelerate the country’s progress on sustainable development.
“Human-focused articles which tell the stories of women, men and children from across the country feature prominently on the website,” said Ms Richardson.
Welcoming the launch of the website, Renauld Govain, the Dean of Linguistics at Haiti State University, said it demonstrates the UN is “beginning to understand the didactic role it must play in the formation and social transformation of communities through information.”
The website was launched with a range of stories providing information about the recent outbreak of cholera in Port-au-Prince.
It also features an archive of stories from the Faces of Recovery series which highlights how people affected by the August 2021 earthquake in the southern peninsula are rebuilding their lives and looking towards a safer and more prosperous future.
“We look forward to engaging with all Haitians and welcome feedback and suggestions of how to improve the website,” Ms Richardson said, “so we can better serve the people of this country in terms of providing the information they need about the activities of the UN in Haiti.”
United Nations Day is marked annually on 24 October, to mark the founding of the organization on 24 October 1945.
UN entities involved in this initiative
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
International Fund for Agricultural Development
International Labour Organization
International Organization for Migration
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Resident Coordinator Office
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization