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The United Nations system and the Government of Haiti sign a Cooperation Framework for Sustainable Development

20 April 2023

This new Framework Plan outlines a common vision and strategy for achieving sustainable development over the next five years.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti.- The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system in Haiti, Ulrika Richardson, and the Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, Mr. Ricard Pierre, signed today, the Cooperation Framework for Sustainable Development for the period 2023-2027. This new Framework Plan outlines a common vision and strategy for achieving sustainable development over the next five years. It represents a major step in the partnership between the United Nations and the Government of Haiti.

This joint strategy comes at a time when the country is facing the consequences of successive economic recessions, with an unprecedented level of insecurity due to gang violence and more than 5.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. Every day, more and more people are falling into extreme poverty.

This new Cooperation Framework sets out a comprehensive and integrated approach for the long term. It focuses on five priority areas, which were defined through a consultative process with national, public and private partners, as well as academia and civil society

It is a joint roadmap, aligned with national priorities and strategies, and designed to improve the coherence, effectiveness and efficiency of UN support to the Government. Priority areas of work include governance, security and rule of law, inclusive economic transformation, social services and the environment. A results-based management framework will make it possible to monitor progress and measure the impact of interventions and investments.

In her remarks, Ulrika Richardson stressed that the signing of the document marks a new milestone in the common story between Haiti and the United Nations. While commending the Government for its commitment to sustainable development, and for its collaboration with the UN, she also affirmed the UN's commitment to strengthening common approaches based on mutual support between peace, security and sustainable development.

The signing of the Cooperation Framework coincides with the launch of a humanitarian response plan for Haiti in 2023, launched yesterday, April 19, by the United Nations and estimated at $720 million. The response plan calls for helping 3.2 million people facing gang violence, hunger and cholera, among other things. "As the situation in the country rapidly deteriorates, the plan will address the most immediate humanitarian and protection needs," said Ulrika Richardson. Adding, "The Haitian people desperately want peace and security, and we should all support efforts to achieve this."

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