Former President Clinton has been appointed by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as a U.N. special envoy for Haiti, a part-time position in which the former U.S. president will aim to attract private and government investment and aid for the embattled Caribbean nation. Clinton has long been interested in Haiti, where he played a role in restoring ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power in 1994. (Aristide was forced out of office again a decade later.) Monday’s appointment comes almost three months after President Clinton, Ban Ki-moon, and a delegation of business leaders traveled to Haiti to highlight the importance of restoring economic security to the country. The country has been buffeted over the past year by soaring oil and food prices and a series of devastating hurricanes. A U.N. official said that Clinton would act as a “cheerleader” for the economically distressed country, cajoling government and business leaders into pouring fresh money into a place that is largely dependent on foreign assistance. “Last year’s natural disasters took a great toll, but Haiti’s government and people have the determination to build back better,” Clinton said in the statement.
The photograph above of Bill Clinton visiting a school in Cité Soleil is by Ariana Cubillos/AP.