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Secretary-General’s Statement on the 5th Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake

United Nations
January 12, 2015

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Today, we mark the fifth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti and pay tribute to the more than 200,000 victims, including 102 United Nations personnel, who perished in this tragic event.

I vividly recall the devastation and suffering I witnessed during my visits to Haiti in the aftermath of the catastrophe. The sense of grief remains fresh in our minds. Today, we honour the memories of the daughters and sons, fathers and mothers, friends and loved ones who lost their lives. We also pay homage to those who survived and whose resilience and commitment are a source of inspiration to the world.

Last week, I had the honour of unveiling a memorial for our United Nations colleagues who died on that terrible day. Today, I ask that we join together to celebrate their lives and contributions to Haiti and its people. We remain eternally grateful for their sacrifices. In our sorrow, there is the promise of hope. Last year, I returned to Haiti and saw the progress that has been achieved. I commend the Haitian people for their perseverance and I urge the international community to continue its invaluable support for the benefit and future of all Haitians.

Haiti’s recovery has not been easy. There have been -- and continue to be -- setbacks along the way, and there is much work still to be done to ensure political and institutional stability, democratic governance and sustainable development.

However, let today be a day of remembrance and one of hope for a stable and prosperous Haiti. Together, let us strive towards a bright future for Haiti.