New York, 30 November 2017. During his address at the High-Level Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement on Cultural Diversity and Human Rights, held at the United Nations headquarters, Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abelardo Moreno, indicated that for Cuba a country´s culture is a collective right to be enjoyed by all, as is respect for the right of each State in preserving its cultural heritage and diversity and implementing its own cultural policies. He also expressed that cultural diversity as a common heritage of humanity must be valued and preserved for the benefit of all, and that the duty and right of humanity is promoting and respecting each culture, history, religion and the distinctiveness of each nation.
The Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister stressed that cultural diversity is an essential component of sovereignty, and therefore its maintenance, development and preservation are becoming vitally urgent in an increasingly globalized world, in which a unique cultural model is attempted, limiting our right to cultural identity as individuals and nations. He further noted that people who forget their culture, their roots and their history are increasingly vulnerable to the aggression of major media belonging to those who pursue universal domination.
Moreno pointed out that the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, signed at the Second CELAC Summit in Havana in 2014, proscribes that the nations of the American continent have "the commitment (...) to fully respect the inalienable right of each State to choose its political, economic, social and cultural system, as an essential condition to ensure peaceful coexistence among nations".
The Cuban diplomat called on the Member States of the Movement to oppose uniculturalism and to continue fostering dialogue among religions, cultures and civilizations on the basis of equality and respect for dignity through widespread international initiatives and the promotion of respect for diversity, the culture of peace and interfaith dialogue. In doing so, he affirmed, a valuable contribution will be made to peace, security and development, just as was done in promoting culture and cultural diversity as transcendent elements in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
He also indicated that Cuba is committed to the values of cultural diversity and favors a genuinely emancipatory cultural atmosphere, where protagonism, creativity and the active involvement of communities, the spaces for communication and information, and the development and strengthening of artistic and literary creation are priorities.
He likewise stressed that the results of the island in this field have been achieved despite the fierce and cruel economic, commercial, financial, political and cultural blockade imposed on our Island for nearly six decades.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations.