On-the-Record Press Teleconference to Provide Updates on Progress, Current Needs and Outlook in Haiti Two Years After the Earthquake

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Press Briefing with United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan, U.S. State Department's Deputy Coordinator for Assistance for Haiti Eileen Smith, Deputy Director of PAHO Dr. Jon Andrus, Director of the USAID Haiti Task Team Beth Hogan, and United Nations Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin

The UN and the U.S. continue to work together with partners to support the Haitian government rebuild. Since the earthquake, the UN and partners have helped the Haitian government remove more than 50 percent of debris.

On Friday, January 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. EST United Nations Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin will co-host a press teleconference with United Nations Under-Secretary-General and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan, U.S. State Department's Deputy Coordinator for Assistance for Haiti Eileen Smith, Deputy Director of PAHO Dr. Jon Andrus, and Director of the USAID Haiti Task Team Beth Hogan to update media on the successes, ongoing rebuilding efforts and current needs in Haiti two years after the devastating earthquake, which took the lives of over 300,000 people.

While much remains to be accomplished, progress is being made. The UN and the U.S. continue to work together with partners to support the Haitian government rebuild. Since the earthquake, the UN and partners have helped the Haitian government remove more than 50 percent of debris.

Who:
Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation (moderator)
Dr. Jon Andrus, Deputy Director, PAHO
Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary-General, UNDP Associate Administrator
Eileen Wickstrom Smith, Deputy Coordinator for Assistance in the Office of the Haiti Special Coordinator at the State Department
Beth Hogan, Director of the USAID Haiti Task Team
Jessica Faieta, Haiti Senior Country Director, UNDP
Vincent Cochetel, Regional Representative, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

When: Friday, January 6, 2012, 11:00 a.m. EST

How: To join the media teleconference, dial 1-800-351-4890 (U.S.), 08000-288223 (UK), 1-888-259-2914 (Canada), 1-334-323-7224 (International). Passcode: HAITI.

Please RSVP to Amy DiElsi at adielsi(at)unfoundation(dot)org. An audio recording of the discussion and photos will be available upon request.

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

The UN Foundation continues to support the United Nations in its efforts to help Haiti. So far, supporters of the UN Foundation have helped to raise nearly $4 million to help the UN secure and deliver food, provide jobs, repair streets, keep diseases in check, keep women safe from sexual assault and violence, and ensure women have healthy pregnancies and babies. For more details, please visit http://www.unfoundation.org/haiti.

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