PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 9 April 2010 As Haiti slowly moves forward after the 12 January earthquake, UNICEF is set to release a comprehensive report taking stock of humanitarian efforts on behalf of the children of Haiti.
The report, to be released next week, provides an overview of the progress made so far, as well as a critical look at the challenges ahead all with an eye to the future, in the hope of transforming Haiti, with children at the centre of the plan.
"UNICEF has said from the beginning that the earthquake was very much a children's emergency," said UNICEF Haiti Acting Chief of Communication Edward Carwardine. "And it's also important that this now becomes a children's recovery, that we put children at the forefront of the agenda as we move forwards, that we make sure their voices are heard, that their needs are identified and clearly spelled out, and that their rights are upheld as we move forwards.
The upcoming report, Mr. Carwardine added, tries to sum up what's been achieved, but also identifies where the needs still are, where there are still gaps and there are many things that still need to be done for children."