The present report is submitted pursuant to Economic and Social Council resolution 2016/28 and highlights the main findings of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti following its visits to Washington, D.C., in March 2017, during which members met with the international financial institutions and regional actors, and to Haiti, in May 2017, during which members interacted with a number of senior government and legislative officials, representatives of the United Nations system and private sector and civil society actors.
While the Group acknowledges the full responsibility of Haiti for its own development, it also notes the difficult and complex context in which the country finds itself following the past two years of protracted political impasse, major natural disasters, including Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, and the outbreak of the cholera epidemic in 2010, which is not yet fully under control. The Government of Haiti will continue to need a high level of support from the international community in order to be able to take the transformative action necessary to unleash the full potential of its people and economy.
The report concludes with recommendations addressed to the Haitian authorities, the international community, the United Nations system and other development partners. The recommendations are aimed at making the most of the window of opportunity presented by the successful electoral transition in Haiti, which many agree offers the best chance to date for recovery, reconstruction and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as for sustaining peace. The Group believes that developments in Haiti should remain high on the international agenda.