Friday, February 5, 2010

Great News for Haiti

The following letter was sent out by the ONE campaign.

Breaking news: The United States Treasury Department has just announced U.S. government support for complete debt cancellation for Haiti and will work with our international partners to ensure that new assistance comes in the form of grants, not debt-incurring loans. It's exactly what more than 200,000 ONE members have been calling for. And this weekend, the U.S. will take this message to G7 finance ministers’ summit, creating strong momentum to get a global deal and guarantee debt cancellation for Haiti.

This big win for our campaign comes just a few days after Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Raymond Joseph, recorded a video message to thank ONE members.

Please click below to watch the video, get more details about this landmark announcement and keep the pressure on other world leaders by adding your name to our debt relief for Haiti petition:

The petition reads:

As Haiti rebuilds from this disaster, please work to secure the immediate cancellation of Haiti’s $1 billion debt and ensure that any emergency earthquake assistance is provided in the form of grants, not debt-incurring loans.

In fact, ONE will be there when U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and his counterparts in the G7—the very people who sit on the governing boards of the international lending institutions that hold Haiti’s $1 billion debt—meet in the far-north Canadian town of Iqaluit this weekend for a G7 finance ministers’ summit. Among Iqaluit’s 7,000 residents is ONE member Michèle Bertol, and she has graciously agreed to deliver our petition to the host of the summit, Canadian Finance Minister James Flaherty.But even as we celebrate this huge step forward, we will continue to make sure the U.S. takes concrete steps to meet this exciting new commitment and that other countries follow its lead.

Your voices and support for Haiti are the reason we're celebrating a victory on debt relief today. This important news from the U.S. government, combined with the grassroots presence Michèle will lend to the Iqaluit meeting, makes me optimistic that we’ll be hearing more good news on debt relief for Haiti soon, as its people look to rebuild and live out their motto L'union fait la force (Unity is strength.)

Learn more and take action here:

Thank you,

Sheila Nix
U.S. Executive Director, ONE

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