By Jennifer Browning
Paul Farmer returned from Haiti Tuesday marking his first visit to the country in his new capacity as the United Nations’ deputy special envoy. The trip was part of a follow-up trip that UN Special Envoy Bill Clinton made last month to Haiti.
“This island nation is one I am deeply committed to,” he said during his visit, “and I intend to do whatever it takes to support President Clinton and the people of Haiti in our joint effort of creating new jobs, improving the delivery of basic services, strengthening disaster recovery and preparedness, attracting private sector investment and garnering greater international support.”
The goal of Farmer’s five-day visit to Haiti was to gauge the best way to support the Haitian government in its national recovery plan.
Farmer’s visit included meetings with Haitian President René Préval, Prime Minister Michèle Pierre-Louis and other government officials.
He also met with business leaders, representatives from the United Nations as well as many nongovernmental organizations.
In addition, Farmer visited the Central Plateau and Cap Haïtien, where he met with local communities and representatives of the tourism industry.
Miami Herald: UN’s deputy special envoy to Haiti wraps up first trip