Haiti is marking the second anniversary of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed 300,000 people.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement honoring the victims of January 12, 2010, earthquake, including 102 U.N. personnel who died.
Ban spoke to Haitian President Michele Martelly by phone Wednesday, pledging the U.N.’s support as the country rebuilds.
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton, a special U.N. envoy to Haiti, is on the island to participate in some of the memorial services held Thursday.
Among the observances, President Martelly was to announce the opening of a new university donated by Haiti’s island neighbor, the Dominican Republic.
On Wednesday he announced Canada will help relocate thousands of earthquake victims from a tent camp near the National Palace to new homes.