France remains committed to supporting the UN Integrated Office in Haiti [fr]
Explanation of vote by Ms. Anne Gueguen, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Security Council - 25 June 2019
We welcome the adoption of resolution 2476 (2019), which launches the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti as of 16 October and establishes its mandate for the following 12 months. The work of the Office will focus on providing strategic advice to the Haitian authorities and the Haitian National Police and should support the country’s priorities with regard to security, development, respect for human rights and the entrenchment of the rule of law.
Since the country is still facing many challenges, the situation requires not only the continuing commitment of every branch of the Haitian authorities but also strong support from Haiti’s international partners, starting with the United Nations.
Political instability, deteriorating economic conditions, the very worrying state of the country’s public finances, food insecurity, problems with access to basic services and high levels of violence continue to be a source of concern. There is still a great deal to be done in order to build strong institutions and the legislative framework that is essential to entrenching the rule of law and fighting corruption and impunity. The United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti will therefore begin its mission in a difficult context, and sadly we fear that the extremely volatile situation is likely to deteriorate in the coming weeks and months, which the work of the new Office will have to fully take into account. It is a pity that the resolution adopted today does not consider the impact of climate change on Haiti’s situation and security.
In this difficult context, France encourages Haiti’s political leaders to do everything possible to create the conditions for sustainable development in stability and to promote the national dialogue that the great majority of Haitians aspire to. France remains more than ever committed to supporting the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti in its future work.