World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Haiti: President’s vow to take young off streets

Haiti: UNICEF hails president’s vow to take young off streets, put them in school

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has pledged to mobilize international support for Haitian President-elect René Préval’s declared intention to put children at the top of his political agenda for the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

“Haiti's children deserve the uttermost attention from this new government,” UNICEF Representative in Haiti Adriano Gonzalez-Regueral said. “President Préval's comments show a positive stand for changing Haiti's future.”

UNICEF will work with Mr. Préval and his new government to help mobilize much needed international support, as well as human and financial resources, he added. The agency will continuously monitor the situation of Haiti's children, and propose technical assistance to help effectively implement public policies and programmes.

“We have thousands of children living on the streets, or involved with armed gangs,” Mr. Gonzalez-Regueral said. “More than 173,000 Haitian children are domestic workers, while 3,000 have been trafficked into the neighbouring Dominican Republic. On top of that the AIDS pandemic has cost 200,000 children one or both of their parents.

“President Préval's stated intention to remove weapons from children and replace them with books and pens opens a historical opportunity that we must seize,” he added.

Haiti has been plagued by political violence since the country's independence in 1804, most recently when an insurgency forced elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile in February 2004 and led to the establishment of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to help re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country. The mission helped organize this month’s elections won by Mr. Préval.

In many parts of Port-au-Prince, the capital, children are often recruited by armed gangs to be used as messengers, drug dealers and even killers. In the neighbourhood of Cité Soleil, poverty and violence leave about 70 per cent of school-aged children out of school. Often they have to join a gang just to survive.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news