Statement by H.E. Ambassador Yasuhisa Kawamura Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations At the Debate of the United Nations Security Council On the Question Concerning Haiti
July 18, 2017
Thank you, Mr. President.
I would like to thank Ms. Sandra Honoré, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, for her comprehensive briefing today. We commend Haiti’s efforts to consolidate democracy, restore constitutional order, and promote stability, as well as MINUSTAH’s contribution to this end. To support the successful implementation of MINUSTAH’s mission, in particular Haiti’s reconstruction efforts, Japan is proud to have made contribution to MINUSTAH, especially after the earthquake in 2010.
The Council’s recent visit was timely given the inauguration of the new Government and the transition of the UN presence. The visit provided us with a clear understanding of the reality on the ground, and enabled us to demonstrate the continued UN support to the Haitian people. It also offered an opportunity to encourage Haitian efforts to further consolidate national unity and build a resilient and more prosperous society.
Japan is well aware of the importance that the transition from MINUSTAH to MINUJUSTH should take place smoothly. We look forward to a continued responsible transfer of tasks to MINUJUSTH, along with a greatly expanded role for the UN Country Team. We welcome the Secretary-General’s vision for implementing MINUJUSTH’s mandate and designing a strategy for gradual transition to local institutions, as outlined in his most recent report. Japan strongly hopes that MINUJUSTH will further strengthen police and justice institutions as foundations for the stability and development of the country.
During our visit, we witnessed the positive results of close cooperation between MINUSTAH and the Government of Haiti on strengthening the Haitian National Police. Challenges remain, however, including the Haitian National Police’s ability to respond to large scale violence, border controls, the need for police stations and related facilities, as well as ongoing rule of law issues. We hope the Government will focus on these priority security areas in partnership with the international community.
Another area of concern is public health. Cholera was mentioned by everyone, including the President, during the Council visit. In order to combat cholera in Haiti, Japan has contributed more than 9 million dollars through UNICEF and other international organizations since 2010. We are prepared to continue support, especially on preventative socio-economic measures such as poverty reduction and improvement of resilient infrastructure, with a focus on water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Japan will also continue to support post-disaster reconstruction in Haiti as well as development and the improvement of basic social services. Though the main focus of the UN Mission is undergoing changes, our support to the people of Haiti should and will remain steadfast.
I thank you, Mr. President.