The United Nations officially closed its peace mission in Haiti on 15 October amidst the crisis that the country is going through, with violent protests to demand the departure of President Jovenel Moise. In this context, the United Nations chief, António Guterres, highlighted on 17 October the commitment of the organization to support the Haitian people on their path to peace and development.
Guterres urged all stakeholders to engage in dialogue and prevent a further escalation in violence. The protesters have been calling for Moise to resign amid corruption allegations, rising inflation and food and fuel shortages. Moise, however, said that he had no intention of leaving office.
The support announced by Guterres would be in the form of a new partnership, recognizing the contribution through 15 years of UN Stabilization Mission, and the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti.
The new UN integrated office in Haiti started its operations on 15 October. Its activities will support national efforts to bring stability and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, whose goals are economic, social and environmental development.