[Blackstudies-l] U.N. Leader Urges Member States to Fund Haiti’s Cholera Recovery
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lisaparavisini posted: " A report by Jonathan M. Katz for The New York
Times. Just days after the United Nations acknowledged playing a role in a
cholera outbreak in Haiti, and a day after it was ruled immune from related
lawsuits by a United States court, Secretary General Ban"
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<http://repeatingislands.com/author/lisaparavisini/> U.N. Leader Urges
Member States to Fund Haiti’s Cholera Recovery
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A report by Jonathan M. Katz for *The New York Times*.
Just days after the United Nations
playing a role in a cholera
outbreak in Haiti
and a day after it was ruled immune from related lawsuits by a United
States court, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
on Friday called on the organization’s member states to provide the money
and resources needed to end the epidemic and help Haiti recover.
Scientists have determined that United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal
a waterborne disease, to Haiti by allowing their infected feces to enter
the country’s most important river system in October 2010.
At issue is whether the organization and its members will pay for the
sanitation infrastructure and treatment necessary to end the epidemic,
which has killed at least 10,000 people and damaged Haiti’s economy. The
imported cholera strain has also spread to other countries in Latin America.
On Friday, the office of the secretary general’s spokesman said that
efforts to build water and sanitation systems “have been seriously
underfunded, and severe and persistent funding shortfalls remain.”
That echoes an internal report by a United Nations adviser, Philip G.
Alston, obtained this week and first reported in The New York Times, which
helped force the acknowledgment of the United Nations’ involvement in the
“While the United Nations has been keen to emphasize how much it has done
in Haiti, the reality is that member states have so far agreed to
contribute only 18 percent of the $2.2 billion required to implement” a
national cholera eradication plan scheduled to run through 2022, wrote Mr.
Alston in his capacity as a special rapporteur.
Internal United Nations audits have also shown that poor sanitation
practices continued after the outbreak in the organization’s Haiti mission
and in at least six others
in Africa and the Middle East for years.
Lawyers representing thousands of Haitian cholera victims petitioned the
United Nations directly for relief in 2011, but they were rebuffed. Several
lawsuits against the organization and Mr. Ban were then filed in United
States federal court.
On Thursday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuitupheld
a lower court’s ruling that the United Nations could not be sued in United
The lawyers are now considering whether to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Mr. Alston estimated that a ruling in the plaintiffs’ favor could cost the
United Nations $40 billion. That money would ultimately come from member
states, including the United States, which pays about a quarter of the
organization’s peacekeeping budget. Justice Department lawyers defended the
United Nations in the case; the appeals court cited the Obama
administration’s intervention as a significant factor in its decision.
According to the statement on Friday, Mr. Ban is “actively working to
develop a package that would provide material assistance and support to
those Haitians most directly affected by cholera.” Mr. Ban’s deputy
spokesman, Farhan Haq, declined to provide further details.
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