Statement delivered by Ambassador Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios in the 17th United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) General Conference

Madam President and dear Ambassador,

To you that I have known for years, always working in the multilateral diplomatic service, I congratulate you for your election to chair this 17th session of the General Conference.

I am also pleased to congratulate His Excellency Mr. Li Yong and wish him the best success for his reelection as UNIDO Director General. His leadership and devotion have been essential for the greatest visibility and revitalization of our Organization.

Cuba supports and endorses the statements of the distinguished representatives of the G 77+ China and the Group of Latin American and the Caribbean Countries (GRULAC).

Dear colleagues,

UNIDO is one of those indispensable organizations in the UN system.

Its mandate related to the inclusive and sustainable industrial development and its commitment to the elimination of poverty make it to possess a paramount responsibility towards the Third World which is poor and underdeveloped.

Its universal vocation is a guarantee of the mobilization of shared resources and knowledge for a more solidary and human vision of the industrial development which does not have to do with the ways and models set by the famous industrial revolutions, centuries ago.

That is why, once again, we express our annoyance and dissatisfaction towards the selfish attitude of those who have decided to leave UNIDO, coincidentally, countries with more resources and technological development. We make a call for them to come back.

Madam President,

Cuba recognizes UNIDO´s efforts to coordinate its strategic framework, its programs and activities with 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG´s) regarding the industry in order to contribute to the initiatives in favor of inclusive and sustainable industrial development and its contributions in the field of gender equality, energy, environment, agricultural companies, commercial capacity-building and job creation as well as its leadership in science, technology and research activities.

The Organization´s efforts to create alliances shaped in the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) are still in the pilot implementation phase in Ethiopia, Senegal, and Peru. We observe its implementation and we keep abreast of the expected outcomes.

At the same time, other UNIDO´s cooperation mechanisms such as the Development Partnership Framework 2016-2020 (Country Program-“CP”) like the one that is executed in Cuba, fully articulated with the domestic priorities envisaged in the basis of our National Plan for Economic and Social Development until 2030 and in accordance with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2014–2018, continue to be significant.

The Country Program with Cuba already shows tangible results in the area of cultural and creative industries, the industrial sectors, especially, fertilizer and agricultural machinery production and the energy efficiency and the renewable energies. A good level of coordination has been reached and we move forward, step by step. What else is required? Financing, investments, and greater mobilization of resources are required.

Madam President,

Cuban people continue its battle to build a fairer society and move forward with solid steps in the road of transformations for the improvement of the socialism; facing the toughening of the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the Government of the United States against Cuba. Cuban people intensify the efforts to revert the damages caused by the devastating hurricanes which struck the Caribbean region in this period.

I take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed to the recovery process which is being carried out in the country. We call on the Secretariat to redouble its efforts to support through programmes and specific projects the affected economies, particularly, the small island States of the Caribbean.

The international cooperation is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We appreciate in a positive way the coordinated work of our region to implement the various projects backed up by the UNIDO Trust Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean.

We seek the Director General´s support to mobilize the additional resources for the said Fund in order to execute the new regional programmes in accordance with the identified priorities.

The implementation of the “Lima Declaration towards Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development” and the 2030 Agenda requires our joint efforts. Our action should respond to the urgent needs of the peoples and our large disadvantaged majorities.

I thank you

(Embacuba Austria / Cubaminrex)