New York, 6 October 2020. “Five years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and at the beginning of the Decade of Action, we are off track to achieve the proposed sustainable development goals in 2030, an alarming fact preceding the COVID-19 pandemic. The socioeconomic effects of the pandemic will amplify this reality in the next years, reverting many of the progress made in the eradication of poverty and hunger, food security, human health, reduction of inequalities, among others goals”, highlighted Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d´Affaires a.i. of Cuba to the United Nations, who represented the Island in the general debate of the Second Committee of the United Nations.
During her statement, Rodríguez Abascal stated that when developing countries have needed the most, we have seen a weakened and threatened multilateralism, and insufficient international cooperation in response to the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts to refrain it, as well as to tackle common development and environmental problems faced by humankind.
The diplomat stressed that realities of developing countries will be reverted only if all States reaffirm their commitment and political will to the preservation, promotion and strengthening of multilateralism, solidarity and cooperation as the foundation of relations among countries and the strict compliance with the United Nations Charter and the principles of international law. Likewise, she expressed that the full and timely implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sendai Framework, among other framework agreements, will not be possible while unilateral, isolationist, coercive and protectionist actions persist, which only promote strictly national interests, to the detriment of the rest of humanity, in particular to the developing world.
Global problems need global, multilateral solutions, with the participation of all States and for the benefit of all, without discrimination or political, economic or any other kind of exclusions. All of this, said Rodríguez Abascal, respecting the different national realities, capacities and levels of development of each country, as well as the sovereign equality of each Member State.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations