September 16, 2019
 In 2023-Situation in Haiti

Country: France
Delegate Name: Amyah Kantz

Delegate: Amyah Kantz
Country: France
Topic: Situation in Haiti
Committee: United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
School: City High Middle School

Dating back to 1751, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, have continued to devastate the people of Haiti. In 2010, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 destroyed their capital, Port-au-Prince. Then in 2021, they were confronted by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2. On top of this, Haiti was hit by Hurricane Mathew in 2016. These events have caused Haiti to never experience a time in which they were economically, socially, or politically stable. Due to the ongoing instability, gang violence and crime rates surged. Roughly 5.2 million of Haiti’s civilians need humanitarian aid, poverty is continuing to grow, violence has increased 107 percent since 2022, and many were deported. Currently, thousands of Haitians are trying to evacuate this alarming situation, and there is a growing mass of refugees in the nearing areas.

The condition of Haiti has begun to involve the nearing countries, including the Caribbean. France has personal history with Haiti, as well as territories and allies with these nearing countries. Many of the affected countries have French populations. Not only are we concerned about our country, we are concerned for our communities. We see this issue as something of high importance. France is in favor of intervention and believes all people deserve to be treated in a humane way. We do not want to see more lives taken because of the lack of support from global powers. In 2022, France provided Haiti with 25 million euros for development initiatives, and 7.25 million euros in humanitarian assistance. We will continue to contribute and urge others to as well. We, the government of France, advocate for minimal violence, and would encourage everyone to consider solutions with the least amount of fatalities. We will use military force if necessary, but want to ensure we are not harming any of the contributing countries in the process. As stated before, France hopes to see more involvement within other willing countries.

France encourages the United Nations Security Council to take into account the lives being affected, and to approach this in a philanthropic manner. As France has supported in the past, we side with peacekeeping initiatives, and other programs, such as MONUSCO. We acknowledge that there is corruption occurring in Haiti and worry that if we don’t work to find a solution, this leads to more issues globally. France wishes to restore Haiti into a safe, democratic political state.

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