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REBUILDING POST-QUAKE HAITI THE FOCUS OF UN ENVOY BILL CLINTON’S VISIT

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18 August - United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti, former United States president Bill Clinton, is currently in Haiti to discuss the country's reconstruction in the wake of the devastating January earthquake.

The magnitude-7.0 quake which struck the impoverished Caribbean nation on 12 January claimed more than 200,000 lives and left 1.3 million more people homeless. Countless buildings, including Government facilities, hospitals and schools, were also destroyed.

This morning, Mr. Clinton met with Government ministers and representatives of UN bodies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector donors. His discussions centred on education, energy and debris management schemes.

While in Haiti, the Envoy also met with top officials of the UN peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSTAH.