The United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the seventh UN mission to intervene in Haiti in recent history, is the centerpiece of international efforts to assist the country in state-building.
Members of the international community recognise that this intervention must not be repeated and as such, there is at least a rhetorical commitment to do what is needed to establish a solid foundation for liberal democracy in Haiti. At the same time, political realities in contributing countries demand results and a clear exit strategy.
Must MINUSTAH be strengthened so that it can achieve success, and if so, how? What is the role of the private sector, the Haitian diaspora, Haitian elites, other international and regional organisations and national and international civil society in Haitian statebuilding? How can they complement the efforts of MINUSTAH?
On 28 January 2008, representatives of Haitian civil society, donor governments and the United Nations were brought together by the Fundación de Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE) in collaboration with the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations to discuss these very questions.
Experts focused on how to consolidate the progress that has been made thus far and enumerated recommendations regarding the role of MINUSTAH and other actors in continuing to strengthen the Haitian state.
This Conference Report relates the key points of discussion and recommendations from this meeting, divided into three main areas: the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti, state-building and regional cooperation.
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