Un Designates Former President Bill Clinton To Organize Haiti Relief

02.03.10 | FL News Team

(United Nations) -- Former President Bill Clinton will coordinate disaster relief in Haiti, which was rocked by a devastating earthquake last month. Clinton, who also serves as the UN's special envoy to Haiti, will be in charge of organizing the hundreds of independent relief programs now underway. About 200-thousand people died and as many as one-million people were left homeless by the seven-magnitude quake. International aid and relief efforts have poured into the impoverished island nation, but some have been hampered by lack of coordination and difficulties in reaching survivors most in need.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon personally asked Clinton to take on the job to make sure relief and reconstruction efforts are organized and successful. A UN spokesman said the former president was chosen because he is an "internationally renowned, highly visible, high-profile individual" who can solve major problems such as those posed by the Haitian disaster. Clinton told the secretary-general he's "pleased to take on an expanded role" in the aid efforts.