Security Council approves ‘historic’ political Haiti mission, ending UN peacekeeping role in the country

Leonora Baumann / UN MINUJUSTH Miragoane, 30 October 2018: female members of the Bangladeshi Formed Police Units greet Helen La Lime, the UN Special Representative in Haiti and Head of MINUJUSTH

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.


The Security Council on Monday approved a resolution to create a UN “Integrated Office” in Haiti, designed to support the country’s government in strengthening political stability and good governance. The Office, named BINUH, will replace the 15-year long peacekeeping mission, MINUJUSTH, on October 16.

BINUH will be run by a Special Representative, who will assist the Government of Haiti with planning elections; training the Haitian National Police on human rights; responding to gang violence; ensuring compliance with international human rights obligations; improving prison oversight; and strengthening the justice sector.

Speaking on behalf of the United States, which drafted the resolution, acting Ambassador Jonathan Cohen, described the adoption of the resolution as “a historic moment”, but said that US was “clear-eyed” about the challenges that lie ahead, and recognized that a successful transition in Haiti will depend on the Government assuming responsibility for a range of issues, including ensuring free and fair elections, a reduction in gang violence, and the protection of human rights.

Mr. Cohen added that close coordination between UN entities, international partners, and others invested in Haiti’s success, will be necessary, and that “constructive and inclusive dialogue”, will “lay the foundation for a sustainable future for all Haitians”.

‘Disappointment’ over removal of climate change references

However, some top diplomats in the Council expressed their disappointment that the resolution did not stress Haiti’s vulnerability in the face of climate change.

Germany’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Christophe Heusgen, pointed out that, since 2011, the Security Council has repeatedly made clear its concern that the effects of climate change may aggravate existing threats to peace and security. Mr Heusgen added that, in Haiti, climate change is a “threat multiplier”, which could further destabilize the country, and “create new conflicts over increasingly diminishing resources and derail efforts in peace-building and stabilization.”

Haitian Chargé d’Affaires Patrick Saint-Hilaire, said that the creation of BINUH was “a step in the right direction”, and pressed the UN to ensure that all Haitians enjoy stability, human rights, democracy and the rule of law, adding that he wanted the new Office to be ready to tackle the many difficulties faced by the country. Mr. Saint-Hilaire also raised the subject of climate change, citing the crisis as one of the many risks facing Haiti, alongside cholera, national disasters and “even hunger riots.”        

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

World’s Press Calls on the United Kingdom to Address Press Freedom Concerns

Horn of Africa: UN chief welcomes Djibouti agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia

Does the Erasmus program really contribute to the construction of a solid EU identity?

Medical ethics in the age of the social media influencers

Innovations for Content Professionals at the DCX exhibition 2018 in Berlin, in association with The European Sting

Migrants: ‘A powerful driver’ of economic growth, ‘dynamism and understanding’

German stock market is not affected by the Greek debt revolution while Athens is running out of time

As fighting in Libya escalates, so does number of children ‘at imminent risk of injury or death’

Employment and Social Developments in Europe: 2019 review highlights that tackling climate change can be a driver for growth and jobs

Syria’s Idlib ‘on the brink’ of a nightmare, humanitarian chiefs warn, launching global solidarity campaign

TTIP update: postponed vote and INTA meeting shuffle cards again

European Parliament approves more transparency and efficiency in its internal rules

YouTube stars get creative at UN, to promote tolerance

Norway has successfully enforced its foreign bribery laws but faces potential obstacles

Eurozone officials play with people’s deposits and minds

South Sudan ‘revitalized’ peace deal must be inclusive, Security Council hears

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Second review shows improvements but a permanent Ombudsperson should be nominated by 28 February 2019

As Saudi women take the wheel, UN chief hopes end of driving ban creates more opportunities for kingdom’s women and girls

UN Mission in Haiti calls on protestors, authorities, to refrain from violence

Earth Hour 2019: switch off your lights, and become an innovator

Germany hides its own banks’ problems

MEPs approve EU’s spending in 2017

Syria: Why did the US now take the Russian offer for a truce? What next?

These rules could save humanity from the threat of rogue AI

The Fourth Industrial Revolution can close the digital divide. This is how

Have central banks missed the exit train?

Essential services on verge of shutdown in Gaza as emergency fuel set to run out

It’s ‘time to #EndTB’, says UN on World Tuberculosis Day

Barriers to healthcare: are they real?

Parliament names radio studio after journalists murdered in December attack

Mind the (gender) gap: why we should stand together on inclusion

UN lauds special chemistry of the periodic table, kicking off 150th anniversary celebrations

2018 ‘terrifying’ for Yemenis but ultimately a ‘year for hope’ says UN Special Envoy

Strict alcohol laws which cut intake more than 40 per cent in Russia, linked to historically high life expectancy

The refugee crisis seen through the eyes of a young doctor from Turkey

Special measures for Greece: 100% absorption rate

New UN book club helps children deal with global issues

Good Governance in developing modern quality infrastructure systems

UNESCO food and culture forum dishes up fresh serving of SDGs

This is what the world’s waste does to people in poorer countries

Brazil must immediately end threats to independence and capacity of law enforcement to fight corruption

These refugee children have danced in the snow for the first time

What’s going on in Chernobyl today?

Removing sweets from supermarket checkouts could help fight obesity

Why climate change matters for future health professionals

EU and U.S. castigate Facebook on Cambridge Analytica scandal as citizens’ data privacy goes down the drain again

Mind control using sound waves? We ask a scientist how it works

Conflict diamonds and climate change: Cooperate, don’t compete over natural resources urges Guterres

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: mental health, conflict prevention, Ebola in Uganda, Sudan protests, child labour

Unemployment is down across the world’s largest economies

New Disability Inclusion Strategy is ‘transformative change we need’, says Guterres

ILO: Unemployment to increase by 8.1 million in 2013-2014

Dare to be vulnerable, and three other lessons in leadership

Estonia is making public transport free

Peace operations benefit from improved cooperation between the UN and troop-providing countries, says peacekeeping chief

What does global health translate into?

Meet Cipta: the comic book hero using her powers to tackle bullying in schools

This is the state of the world’s health, in numbers

Business uncertainty rises as US grants only temporary exception to EU for steel and aluminium tariffs

This incredibly detailed map of Africa could help aid and development

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s