On Wednesday February 20, 2013, Representative Conyers and four other Members of Congress sent a letter to Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, encouraging her to urge the United Nations (UN) to support an initiative aimed at eliminating the deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti.
According to the letter, a plan for eliminating cholera in Haiti was developed in November of last year by the Haitian government, international organizations, and U.S. agencies. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced his support of the plan two months ago. But months later there are no signs that its implementation has begun: only 10% of the funding has been secured and only 1% of this funding has been pledged by the UN. The UN bears responsibility for introducing cholera to Haiti.
The letter insists that the UN must take action to eliminate cholera in Haiti, and urges Rice to communicate to the Secretary-General and other key UN actors the urgency of full funding and speedy implementation of this initiative.
To view the letter to Ambassador Rice, see: Letter to UN Ambassador on Cholera Initiative