I wish to thank Ms. Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, for her presence at this important meeting of the Committee on Decolonization, and through her, the Secretary-General for his unequivocal support for the decolonization process and the work of this Committee.
We appreciate the convening of this meeting to address two of the five key issues of the Security Council reform, namely “the categories of membership” and “the question of the veto”.
A few weeks ago, we held the first meeting of Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform in this session. The high level of participation in that meeting showed the significance that Member States attach to this matter, and the willingness to discuss it as the only way to reach consensus.
The delegation of Cuba congratulates the members of the Bureau and extends its support for the successful conduct of this session of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization.
We appreciate the Secretariat's work in preparing the documentation and supporting the delegations, as well as the publication of Report A/75/33 of the Committee.
The delegation of Cuba associates itself with the statement delivered by the Islamic Republic of Iran on behalf of NAM.
At the outset, I would like to reiterate our appreciation to UN-Women for the efforts throughout these challenging times. UN-Women has been a strong voice for addressing the socio-economic consequences of COVID-19 on the life of women and girls around the world, and the integration of a gender perspective in the response to and recovery from the pandemic.
First, I would like to thank the Alliance of Civilizations and in particular, to Mr. Moratinos for its leadership in the promotion of a culture of peace and tolerance within the complex international situation we are going through. I also thank the Missions of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates for their efforts to declare the International Day of Human Fraternity.