Press Release: Cuba underlines the importance of the United Nations Development System.

New York, March 1st, 2018.In her statement at the Operational Activities Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba to the UN, Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, stated the importance Cuba attaches to the United Nations Development System and to its guiding principles for action in the countries where programs are implemented, namely: its voluntary and grant nature, neutrality and multilateralism.

While recognizing the need to strengthen the Resident Coordinator's authority over the Country Team to implement the United Nations Development Framework, the Cuban diplomat stressed the opposition to proposals that would lead to a distortion of the development mandate of this official, straying away from unchangeable principles such as full respect for the sovereignty of the recipient countries and non-interference in their internal affairs.

She also stated that sustainable development is and should continue to be the cornerstone of operational activities, which must respond to the national priorities of the countries receiving such assistance and promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, its 17 goals and other goals internationally agreed, which are pending issues.

Rodríguez Abascal also highlighted the central role of North-South cooperation in the mobilization of resources, particularly the commitments and contributions of donor countries in terms of Official Development Assistance.

On the other hand, the Cuban Ambassador recognized the importance of strengthening the Regional Commissions in the reform of the development system and reaffirmed the full support of the island to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The 70th Anniversary of such Commission will be celebrated in Cuba in the framework of its Thirty-seventh session, in the month of May.

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations