The Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez arrived Thursday in New York to present, along with Haiti's Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles, a proposal for an international plan of solidarity for Haiti that seeks to alleviate the needs of those affected by Hurricane Mathew.
Hurricane Matthew swept through Haiti on October 4 with winds of 145 mph, killing at least 900 people. Officials have said that more than 1.4 million people urgently need humanitarian assistance.
The plan was presented by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday during the opening of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, or Habitat III, that is taking place in the Ecuadorean capital of Quito.
Rodriguez asked the head of the U.N. to support a reconstruction campaign that would go further than simple emergency assistance.
"Prime Minister of Haiti: We're here because of an initiative by #Venezuela and its president to raise awareness about what is happening in #Haiti."
The governments of Venezuela and Cuba, as well as other Latin American nations, have shown their solidarity with Haiti by sending specialized personnel and humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, was particularly affected and has not yet fully recovered from a devastating 2010 earthquake which decimated its infrastructure.
Moreover, there remains the threat of cholera outbreaks or other health crises which have often followed natural disasters on the island.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the affected areas earlier this week and promised more aid to Haiti.