May 19th, 2009
12:55 PM ET
9 years ago

U.N. names Bill Clinton as Haiti special envoy

Bill Clinton has been named the United Nations special envoy to Haiti.

Bill Clinton has been named the United Nations special envoy to Haiti.

UNITED NATIONS (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton has been named U.N. special envoy to Haiti, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

"I am confident that President Clinton will bring energy, dynamism and focus to the task of mobilizing international support for Haiti's economic recovery and reconstruction," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

The United Nations said that Clinton will help Haitian authorities "jump-start sustainable social and economic development."

"He will focus attention on the importance of new partnerships and efforts among the private sector, civil society, and donors, as well as strengthen local capacity, and create a more stable and prosperous future for the children of Haiti."

During his presidency, Clinton had been engaged in helping the impoverished Caribbean nation rebuild. Haiti, which the United Nations says is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has been badly hit by rising food and oil prices, devastating storms, and ongoing political instability.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Honest1inVA

    Maybe Hannibal Lechter will pay him a dinner visit while he's there.
    Payback for the NAFTA agreement!

    May 19, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    In an unrelated story, the commerce department said today that the Hatian government is doubling the number of cigars exported to the United States.

    When asked for comment, former President Clinton quipped, "Well, I can say I LOVE the aroma of a good cigar".

    May 19, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    Rush's head may be exploding right about now, excep when Rush met Bill a couple years ago in a restaurant. From what Rush himself said, his knees were giving out, and he felt like making love to Bill himself (I'm paraphrasing, but it's pretty close)

    May 19, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. PoliticoMike

    Good call! Haitians love this man, hell all blacks love this man!

    May 19, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. John

    Wrong Choice.

    Rush Limbaugh is the Right Person for this Job. 🙂

    If we want to make Enemies with any Country – Send Rush Limbaugh as Envoy. He will Talk through his Radio Station. 😦

    May 19, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Who did my boy Bill piss off this time?!

    May 19, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Claudia in Houson

    Great job for former President Clinton being that he is the most qualified and respected president to foreign countries.

    May 19, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Scott

    Haiti? Seriously? Isn't this a bit of a comedown for the former leader of the free world? Israel, maybe, Northern Ireland, the Balkans... but Haiti???

    May 19, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Brian

    If anyone knows about government positions that blow, it's Bill Clinton. ZING!

    May 19, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. b franklin

    A couple of questions
    1) Will US tax-payers be footing the Bill for his trips and security to and from Haiti?
    2) How long until he is in the press for ogling some poor young Haitian girl?

    May 19, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Confused USA Citizen

    He was not much of a leader or inspiration for the United States how does anyone think he can be a leader in the western world not even able to identify with everyday society there.

    May 19, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Obama Victim

    Haven't those poor Haitians suffered enough?

    May 19, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. SLM

    How much of our money is he going to give away?

    May 19, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Shari, NY

    Mr. Clinton: Please see to it that Haiti embarks on a massive, well supervised reforestation program. The land is severely denuded (of trees) and while neighboring Cuba can withstand a Cat 2 hurricane, Haiti cannot tolerate a flash flood which takes everything in its path from the mountain to the shore. The hurricane season starts in a few weeks and history has a habit of repeating itself in this area. Without soil preservation, many grandiose schemes will come to naught.

    May 19, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. No More Incumbents

    He's such a saint.......

    May 19, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Carl

    I hope Bill goes to Haiti AND stays there!

    May 19, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Andrew Lee, Nashville, TN

    That's awesome. I just recently became aware of the struggles of Haitian Children and know that Haiti needs help desperately.

    If anyone would like to know how to help do a search for Danita's Children. It's an amazing organization that has been doing amazing things in Haiti for 10 years.

    I am so excited to see the US shining a spotlight on this country.

    May 19, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |