March 31, 2010 (UNITED NATIONS) --
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says donors went "far beyond expectations" and pledged $9.9 billion over more than three years to rebuild earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Haiti had appealed for $3.8 billion for the next two years. The U.N. chief said the $9.9 billion includes pledges of $5.3 billion from governments and international partners for the first 24 months of reconstruction, far-exceeding Haiti's request.
Ban told a news conference at the end of a daylong donor conference on Wednesday that the international community had come together "dramatically and in solidarity with the Haitian people" to help them recover from the Jan. 12 earthquake.
The quake destroyed the government and commercial center of the capital, Port-au-Prince, killed more than 217,000 people and left an estimated 1.3 million people homeless.