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NEWS RELEASE · 30th March 2010
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced that Canada will participate in the International Donors’ Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti, to be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on March 31, 2010.

“As a leading donor in Haiti and member of the international community, we reiterate our commitment to Haiti’s long-term reconstruction and reaffirm our solidarity with the Haitian people,” said Minister Cannon. “This conference is an opportunity to continue the work we started during the Ministerial Preparatory Conference we hosted in Montreal on January 25. We look forward to working with other donors in a coordinated manner to help the Government of Haiti achieve its recovery and development goals.”

At the conference, Minister Oda will outline Canada’s further contribution to relief, early recovery and reconstruction in Haiti.

“Canada’s leadership role in Haiti reflects the long-standing ties between our two countries, embodied by the significant Haitian community in Canada and the large number of Canadians who contributed so generously to the relief effort,” said Minister Oda. “Canada is committed to supporting Haiti for the long term. Recovery and reconstruction efforts will take years, and Canada will stand by the Government of Haiti and the Haitian population to build a better Haiti.’’

Canada will co-chair the International Donors’ Conference along with other leading donors to Haiti—Brazil, the European Union, France and Spain. The conference will be co-hosted by the United States and United Nations, in cooperation with the Government of Haiti. All 192 UN member states have been invited to attend.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will also attend the conference as an observer