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March 31st, 2010
02:23 PM ET

Haiti Donor Conference under way in New York

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Earlier today, the United States and United Nations, in cooperation with the Government of Haiti, kicked off the first International Donor's Conference aimed at securing funding for rebuilding Haiti after the January 12 earthquake that rocked the already-impoverished nation.

The goal of the conference is to raise upwards of $3.8 billion in funding for Haiti's long term recovery. The United States has already pledged $1.15 billion. This money is expected to be the start of a 10-year, reconstruction plan that will total $10.5 billion.

The list of nations participating is headlined by Brazil, Canada, The European Union, France, and Spain. And speaking at the conference are participants such as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

Various groups like the Haitian Diaspora will be presenting reports outlining specific needs for the future of Haiti.

You can read more of the Diaspora's report and other reports such as Haiti's national plan for recovery here.


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