New York, 25 March 2019.Cuba attended today the General Assembly Meeting to Commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, where it regretted that there is still discrimination against ethnic groups, nations and entire communities, while governments and political parties with a racist, xenophobic and anti-immigrant platform persist and are increasing.
The Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of Cuba to the United Nations, Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, referred to the full implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, which continues to be a pending issue due to the lack of political will of several powers to advance regarding the mandate enshrined in it.
The Cuban diplomat called for new practical measures to eliminate contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance; eliminate the root causes that generate them including underdevelopment, poverty and social exclusion and establish a new international order based on equity, solidarity and social justice.
The island has implemented the Programme of Activities of the International Decade for People of African Descent at the national level, and has supported the work of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, she added.
Rodríguez Abascal reaffirmed Cuba’s commitment with the total eradication of racial discrimination and its unwavering willingness to support and promote all the actions taken to drive the implementation of the Durban commitments.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations