In the framework of the seventh anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, Haiti's government recognized the work done by the humanitarian organizations that were present to support the response and reconstruction actions.
On January 12, 2010, an earthquake considered one of the worst disasters in Haiti in recent years left behind 200,000 people dead and 2 million displaced.
To pay tribute to those who lost their lives during this earthquake and to make this a reminder of the importance of working to reduce risk and vulnerabilities in the most disadvantaged communities, President of the Republic of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, decreed January 12, as a day for reflection and action on risk reduction.
During a ceremony, attended by representatives of the diplomatic and consular corps, international and humanitarian organizations, as well as government representatives, parliamentarians and the press, President Privert presented a plaque to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, recognizing the Movement's rapid and comprehensive response in the affected regions in the recent hurricane Matthew, "they were everywhere, even in Nippes, my home department," he said in his presentation.
In addition to the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, the United Nations System and the Embassies of the Dominican Republic, the United States, Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia were recognized. Also recognized were the Ministry of Public Health and Population, the Permanent Secretariat of Disaster Risk Management (COUN) of the Ministry of the Interior and Territorial Collectivities.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, represented in this act by Inés Brill, Head of the Cluster for Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, received the plaque of honor and thanked this recognition on behalf of the three components of the Movement.
"Our work is focused on building resilience with Haitian communities. Together with the Haitian Red Cross and the other partners of the Movement, we are working to reduce vulnerability and promote risk reduction. Seven years have passed where great progress has been made, but there is still much to be done, so the Movement believes that this recognition commits it even more to its work in Haiti and efforts to build resilient communities”, said Inés Brill.