It is an honor to gather in Linz, capital of the State of Upper Austria, to participate in this event, today 26 July, a momentous date for the Cuban history, the Day of the National Rebellion. The assault of Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons 65 years ago resumed the Cuban liberating and independence campaign that begun on 10 October 1868, 150 years ago. 26 July 1953 marked the beginning of the revolutionary process that would lead - five years, five months and five days later - to the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution on 1 January 1959.
I would like to start by congratulating you on your election to preside over the work of the Sixty-first Session of this Committee. We are pleased that Mexico assumes this leadership in representation of our region.
I take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the Office for Outer Space Affairs and particularly, to its Director, Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo for the organization of this High-level Segment.
A panel discussion and exhibition, organized by the Confederation of Trade Unions of Austria (ÖGB, by its German initials) about "Cuba in change, work and life in transition" dedicated to the history and current affairs of the Cuban Trade Union (CTC, by its Spanish initials) was held at the headquarters of the Academy of the Austrian Chamber of Workers and Employees.