Letter from the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Gutérres.

Unofficial translation

Havana, 26 June 2020

“62nd Year of the Revolution”


H.E. Mr. Antonio Gutérres

Secretary General of the United Nations

New York


Your Excellency,

Seventy five years after the Member States of this Organization signed the Charter of the United Nations, the strict compliance with its principles and purposes, International Law, and the preservation of multilateralism, gains more significance than ever.

We face numerous crises as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, whose devastating effects, visible in all the fields of society, predict to be durable and add to the pending global challenges.

The international scenario is becoming increasingly complex. Conflict and arms race proliferate. Non-conventional wars for the purposes of domination, acts of aggression, unilateral coercive measures,  manipulation and politicization of human rights and disrespect for the self determination of the peoples are heightened.

Multilateralism is attacked, international agreements are ignored and the role of organizations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization is discredited.

At the same time, the existing unjust international economic order deepens inequality and underdevelopment, and increases poverty, hunger, marginalization and the lack of access to essential services for life, such as healthcare services.

The current circumstances and common sense impose on the international community the need to put aside political differences and seek joint solutions to global challenges, through iinternational cooperation.

It is our duty to fulfill the obligations assumed when we signed the UN Charter, which continues to be a timeless, universal and indispensable bedrock to promote a just, democratic and equitable international order that meets the call for peace, development and justice of all the peoples worldwide, and contributes to the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

I avail myself of this opportunity to renew to you, Your Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration and esteem.


Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez

President of the Republic of Cuba

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