The Sustainable Development Goals in Haiti
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action aimed at eradicating poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring peace and prosperity for all people. These are also the objectives of the UN in Haiti.
20 April 2023
Cadre de Coopération des Nations Unies pour le Développement Durable 2023-2027
Le Cadre de Coopération des Nations Unies pour le Développement Durable représente l’engagement collectif de l’ONU en Haïti afin d’accompagner les efforts du pays dans la réalisation de l’Agenda 2030 pour le développement durable et assurer une mise en œuvre du Programme Commun des Nations Unies ainsi que le Nouvel Agenda pour la Paix. Le Cadre de Coopération des Nations Unies pour le Développement Durable est aligné sur les priorités du Plan Stratégique de Développement d’Haïti (PSDH) et sur la vision du Gouvernement visant à faire d’Haïti un pays émergent. Élaboré sur la base des principes de la réforme du Système des Nations Unies, ce Cadre de Coopération marque un nouvel élan dans le partenariat entre l’ONU et le Gouvernement pour la période 2023-2027. Il repose sur une vision partagée des défis et des opportunités du pays. Il s’aligne aussi sur les recommandations issues de l’Examen périodique universel (EPU) d’Haïti de 2022 et fait écho aux valeurs de justice, de liberté et de dignité portées par la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’homme.
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25 July 2022
Building a more resilient post-earthquake future in Haiti
A year after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, communities continue to rebuild their lives and be better prepared for future disasters. A line of women carry rocks in the hands and on their heads as they descend to a gully on the side of a hill in southern Haiti. They are bringing the rocks so their community can build barriers which will slow down the flow of water across this verdant valley and prevent the erosion of land that is important to this rural farming community. This is a team of women and men from vulnerable communities in one of three departments across Haiti’s southern peninsula which were hit by a destructive 7.2 magnitude earthquake on 14 August, 2021. More than 2,200 people died in the disaster and over 137,000 homes were destroyed or damaged alongside hospitals, schools and key transport infrastructure, including roads and bridges. Just down the valley, another team of around 36 people is working hard at clearing the road as part of a rehabilitation programme. They are being paid some 500 Haitian gourdes (around $5) for a 4-5 hour day and will spend 20 days working to improve their community. “The money I earn helps me to pay for food, school and other household needs,” says Tesse Medgune. “Many families lost their livelihood because of the earthquake so this helps us to survive.” The rehabilitation work on the side of the hill and valley road is supported by the World Food Programme (WFP) and is part of a Haitian government effort to improve the resilience of vulnerable people who are threatened by natural disasters. Many of these people are also receive support to improve food production activities and their nutrition. There are 16 similar teams in in this immediate area and many more across the southern peninsula of Haiti where the earthquake caused most damage. “The money people have earned is important in the short-term to get them through the difficult post-earthquake period,” says WFP’s Sophia Toussaint, ‘but it’s also crucial to their longer-term future. Protecting the hillside stops soil erosion and means farmers are less likely to lose their crops in a natural disaster; having a good road allows produce to be more easily sent to market” she adds. “It also means that aid can be delivered more effectively, and people can get to hospital if there is another earthquake.” Jerry Chandler is the Director General of Haiti’s Civil Protection agency. “We have worked closely with our international partners, including the UN to ensure that our disaster response is more robust. So, we are planning for the eventuality of another disaster happening but also ensuring that the impact is lessened.” A year on from the earthquake, the United Nations continues to support communities throughout the three most affected departments, Grand Anse, Nippes and Sud. Some 26,200 people fled their uninhabitable homes and the majority were accommodated in 85 temporary displacement sites. A majority have now returned home including Roslaine Jeantine and her three sons. The roof of her small home in the commune of Laurent just outside the city of Les Cayes, collapsed in the earthquake injuring the leg of her oldest son, however the walls remained in place. She was encouraged to return home with the support of a roof building kit provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). “I sold my goat to pay for two carpenters to install my new roof,” says Roslaine Jeantine. “I still feel panicked when I hear a loud noise, thinking it could be another earthquake, but I know that this roof is well made and will protect me and my family from bad weather.” IOM has distributed around 100 kits in Laurent, which include everything a family needs to build a roof; wood, tin sheets, nails and more. In total, some 500 have been distributed across the earthquake-affected area to the most vulnerable families. “These roofs are important not just because they provide shelter,” says IOM’ s Jean Gardy Saint Juste “they also empower families to make their own decisions about how to repair their houses and thus rebuild their lives. In this sense they are creating their own resilience to future disasters with a little support from IOM.” As houses are rebuilt roof by roof and roads repaired stone by stone, UN agencies are currently still working in the three departments providing much needed services but also creating space for communities to make decisions about how best to protect themselves in the event of another earthquake. In 2022, WFP Haiti’s resilience programmes are supported by Switzerland, Canada, South Korea (KOICA) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID/BHA).
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22 October 2021
Faces of Recovery: Leading by example
Wadlet Merant’s house in Pestel was damaged in the earthquake, however as the secretary of the U-Report club (a youth community group) he was committed to helping others survive the worst affects of the catastrophic event. “I was in total panic. It was a terrible thing. It was like the end of the world. Members of the U-Report club were together on the ground pulling people out of the rubble. Today, the work of our U-reporters continues. It has been very encouraging to see all the young people supporting each other and the community they live in. I have witnessed change at first hand. People and especially young people started to behave differently after what had happened, helping each other in a more prominent way. Before the earthquake, U-Reporters led by example, cleaning public spaces. Now, young people help us to clean the streets and to remove the rubble. The entire community in Pestel is helping to make the city cleaner. I did not expect that. This is a really important gesture”. Read more about the U-Reporters here
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16 August 2022
First Person: Taking to the sea to deliver aid in Haiti
A shipping officer working for the World Food Programme in Haiti has been explaining why the delivery of humanitarian aid by ship is becoming increasingly critical. Captain Madeleine Habib, who is from Australia, spoke about her experiences ahead of World Humanitarian Day, which is marked annually on 19 August and the theme for which this year is “It takes a village.” “I am a Shipping Officer for the World Food Programme in Haiti. I manage the organization’s coastal shipping service to ensure the safe transit of essential humanitarian goods and assets to the northern and southern parts of the country. A maritime alternative is increasingly critical as gang control over the highways out of the capital continues to grow. This means that the Haitian population and humanitarian actors have limited freedom of movement in and out of the capital. The situation has a huge impact on the population's income and on the implementation of humanitarian and development projects that should support the community. This is especially true for the population of the southern peninsula of the country which is still suffering from the devastating impact of the August 2021 earthquake. One year after the disaster, I recognize that thousands of people, especially in the south, are still struggling to recover and are unable to rebuild their lives because the growing insecurity in Port-au-Prince has shattered their economic prospects. Farmers in the rural south are unable to get their produce to markets so their livelihoods are suffering. It takes a village and supply chain is an essential part of that village. We might not be on the frontline, but our network of trucks, ships and planes keeps essential humanitarian aid moving towards our beneficiaries. Our team continues to ensure the transportation of humanitarian aid to these vulnerable populations.”
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28 October 2021
Faces of recovery: Looking towards a better life
Marie Myrlène Théolien a nurse at LESPWA, a UN-supported hospital in Jérémie, in Grande-Anse, says she hopes the earthquake which caused widespread devastation in her home town will provide people with the motivation to create a “better life”. “The earthquake on 14 August caused a lot of destruction in the south of the country and my house was also badly damaged. I like many other people here are really motivated to rebuild and recover after this disaster. In the future, we must make sure that we are better prepared for events like this, so fewer people die. We also need to make sure that our people are healthy and for that, we need more support. So, I have continued to work as a nurse and am now focused on trying to get people vaccinated against COVID-19 by explaining why it is so important to be protected. Many, however, do not believe that the virus exists. We have all lost a lot during the earthquake, but I hope these losses can help us to move on to greater things. I am optimistic that our future can be better, but we do need help."
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09 November 2022
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