The United States and the United Nations (UN), in cooperation with the Government of Haiti, and with the support of Brazil, Canada, the European Union, France, and Spain co-hosted a ministerial International Donors’ Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti at the United Nations in New York on March 31, 2010. All 192 UN member states were invited to attend the conference.
The goal of the conference was to mobilize international support for the development needs of Haiti in an effort to lay the foundation for Haiti’s long-term recovery. At the conference, Haiti presented its vision for the country’s future and how international support can assist. Countries, international organizations, and other partners had an opportunity to pledge resources, to coordinate in support of Haiti’s long-term recovery and to commit to a sustained effort to support Haiti.
In preparation for the conference, the Governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, with technical support from the World Bank, hosted a meeting in Santo Domingo on March 16 and 17. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the key findings of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment and for the Government of Haiti to present its strategy for recovery to key development partners. A broad group of over 30 states and key international organizations participated.
A series of outreach meetings with key constituencies were also held in preparation for the Donors Conference to seek feedback on and support for the Government of Haiti’s strategy. The meetings were as follows: