CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. May 19, 2009: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is set to be formally named as a special U.N. envoy to Haiti today.
Media reports indicate U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will make the formal announcement today, two months after he and Clinton visited Haiti to raise attention to Haiti`s need for donations to help rebuild following a series of natural disasters there last year.
`It is an honor to accept the secretary general’s invitation to become special envoy to Haiti,` Clinton said in a statement to The Miami Herald. `Last year’s natural disasters took a great toll, but Haiti’s government and people have the determination and ability to `build back better,` not just to repair the damage done but to lay the foundations for the long-term sustainable development that has eluded them for so long.`
Clinton previously served as U.N. special envoy for tsunami recovery following the 2004 tsunami, during which he helped raise tens of millions of dollars. The U.N. currently has no special envoy for Haiti, and it is expected that Clinton will travel to Haiti at least four times a year.