Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 344

Posts Tagged ‘haitian’

Summit with Four Haitian Mayors

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 febbraio 2010

Geneva/Rotterdam, Four metropolitan mayors from the areas affected by the 12 January earthquake in Haiti today confirmed they will attend the 7th edition of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP), organized by the United Nations Development Programme and the city of Rotterdam. The mayors, representing Port-au-Prince, Tabarre, Carrefour and Croix-des-Bouquets, will share their experiences, successes, lessons learned and future plans in addressing poverty and reconstruction challenges.  The costs for their travel are being covered by the City of Rotterdam.This conference, focusing on “Confronting the Crisis Collectively,” will bring hundreds of mayors from around the world to discuss, debate and deliberate strategies to strengthen solutions to global challenges at local and regional levels. WACAP 2010, which takes place from 24-26 February, will call upon local and regional authorities to work together with governments, international organizations, civil society, non-governmental organizations and the private sector in order to take concrete measures to combat poverty. Kim Bolduc, Deputy Head of the UN Mission and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, agrees. “Given the magnitude of the challenges the mayors are facing here in both the emergency and in reconstruction,” she said, “this is a great opportunity for them to connect with colleagues from around the world, and to establish alliances and partnerships. It is absolutely fundamental that the local authorities be supported in building and expanding an international network of solidarity to strengthen their capacity to accomplish their objectives.” Muscadin Jean Yves Jason, mayor of Port-au-Prince, said he hopes the conference will enable him and his colleagues to exchange best practices in human, material and financial resources and to learn more about experiences and projects in different countries that could be replicated during the reconstruction of their municipalities in Haiti. “We’re looking forward to working with other mayors, to exchange experiences and establish partnerships that can be used in this post-disaster situation in Haiti,” he said. “Working together, I know that Haiti will rise like a Phoenix from this current crisis.”

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Appeals for help Haitian population

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 gennaio 2010

Every day, with dismay and sadness, we are able, through the means of mass communication, to see the evidence of the destructive capacity, in human and material terms, of the earthquake which has struck large parts of Haiti. And so again, on behalf, too, of the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, I wish to assure the peoples caught up in this tragic event of my closeness and prayers. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the States and humanitarian organisations of Europe and the world for their immediate intervention and work in support of the Haitian people. I am mournful at the death of the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, His Grace The Most Revered Joseph Serge Miot, and the death of many priests, male and female religious, seminarians, as well as the many, many faithful. In these circumstances of pain and suffering, Europe is called to be a sign of hope for those people who in an instant have lost not only the sacrifices and efforts of a lifetime, but also the affection of a relation, friend, neighbour, work colleague. Now, in order to avoid that this natural disaster be transformed into a humanitarian catastrophe at the arrival, in a few months, of the typhoon season, the rebuilding of what has been damaged must begin as soon as possible. Houses, hospital infrastructures, shelter must be provided along with whatever is necessary so that as soon as possible those people, already seriously tested, can begin again to live with total dignity. For this reason, I encourage all the Bishops’ Conferences members of CCEE to continue with their aid efforts for the people of Haiti and I exhort anyone in Europe who is able to give a concrete sign of encouragement and neighbourliness to do so without hesitation, including some economic contribution via the predisposed means available to the church and civil institutions set up for this service.

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