[Dateline: New York , 17 January 2010]
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Haiti on Sunday to show his solidarity with the people and to assess for himself the scale of the devastation. A wreath-laying ceremony is planned on Tuesday at 4:50 p.m.
Upon arriving in Port-au-Prince, Mr. Ban, who was to take an aerial tour of the city, met with President René Préval. [ Watch video ]
Mr. BAN was accompanied on his visit by Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping John Holmes, UN Relief Coordinator and Susana Malcorra, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support.
It was also announced before his departure, on Saturday, that the SG decided to dispatch Assistant Secretary General for the Department of Field Support, Tony Banbury, to be Edmond Mulet’s principal deputy Special Representative in Haiti.
In accordance with the wishes of the families of Mr. Hédi Annabi and Mr. Luiz Carlos da Costa, a quiet and dignified memorial service was held for them today by MINUSTAH in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in the presence of the Secretary-General. "Our beloved colleagues are now on their journey home. Further remembrances will be held this week for all of our friends and colleagues", said Alain Le Roy and Susana Malcorra in a message from Port-au-Prince.
The SG will address a Town Hall meeting at 11:00 a.m. in conference room 4 of the Temporary North Lawn Building, to update staff on the situation in Haiti.
The SG will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of the victims, near the Meditation Room in the Visitors' Entrance of the General Assembly Building, at 4:50 p.m.
He will call for a minute of silence throughout the United Nations system worldwide at 4:53 p.m. to coincide with the time the earthquake struck. The event will be webcast .
The United Nations flag will continue to fly at half mast until sundown on Tuesday 19 January 2010. It will resume its full mast position on Wednesday.