We would like to thank the co-hosts, especially the A3+1, for their initiative to hold this meeting. We welcome this chance to listen and learn about different ways to support Haiti. As we have heard, there are indeed lessons to be learned from other crises.
We must however reflect on Haiti’s context in history as an inspiration of freedom and hope, for many countries.
Yet it is clear that the current crisis - with its unique complexities and challenges - must be used as a turning point for the country and its people. There is an urgent need for nationally owned governance reform to overcome the structural obstacles to stability and development.
All actors in Haiti must enter into dialogue with open minds, and work to restore confidence in the political, and judiciary system, based on the rule of law.
Norway firmly believes that an inclusive political process, with respect for human rights - including women’s rights - is a prerequisite for overcoming the current crisis, and paving the way for a more just and stable society.
The co-host’s concept note also lists several important initiatives to consider. We would like to highlight specifically number six on climate change adaptation efforts.
We have consistently called for more attention to be paid to Haiti’s resilience to natural disasters. Especially as the growing effects of climate change will only compound this issue. We look forward more discussion on this aspect today.