Full text of the speech offered by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, during the General Debate of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly
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september 26, 2018 14:09:12
It is impossible to be here, speak from this rostrum on behalf of Cuba, and not recall historic moments of the General Assembly which are also part of our dearest memories: Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Raúl Castro and the "Chancellor of Dignity", Raúl Roa, just to mention the most significant, have brought here not only the voice of our people but also the voice of other Latin American and Caribbean, African, Asian, non-aligned peoples, with whom we have shared more than half a century of struggles for a fair international order, which is still far off being attained.
It is absurd but consistent with the irrationality of a world in which the richest 0.7% of the population owns 46% of all the wealth, while the poorer 70% of the population can access only 2.7% of it; 3.460 billion people survive in poverty; 815 million go hungry; 758 million are illiterate and 844 million lack basic services of drinking water. All these figures, by the way, are prepared and regularly used by global organizations, but it seems that they have failed to raise sufficient awareness of the so-called international community.
These realities, Madam President, are not the result of socialism, like the President of the United States said yesterday here. They are the consequence of capitalism, especially imperialism and neoliberalism; of the selfishness and exclusion that is inherent to that system, and of an economic, political, social and cultural paradigm that privileges wealth accumulation in the hands of a few at the cost of the exploitation and dire poverty of the large majorities.
Capitalism consolidated colonialism. It gave birth to fascism, terrorism and apartheid and spread wars and conflicts; the breaches of sovereignty and self-determination of the peoples; repression of workers, minorities, refugees and migrants. Capitalism is the opposite of solidarity and democratic participation. The production and consumption patterns that characterize it, promote plundering, militarism, threats to peace; they generate violations of human rights and are the greatest danger to the ecological balance of the planet and the survival of the human being.
Georgetown, September 21, 2018. The companies of Guyana and Cuba WTG Healthcare Solutions and FARMACUBA signed a commercial representation and distribution contract within the framework of the Trade and Investment Exhibition of Guyana (GuyTIE, 2018). Among those attending the ceremony were the Director of International Relations of the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba, Dr. Celia Labora, Ambassador Narciso R. Amador and the official of the Cuban diplomatic mission, Mayra de la Caridad León Pérez.
Georgetown, September 20, 2018. The Prime Minister of Guyana, Hon. Mr. Moses Verassammy Nagamootoo, and his wife Ms. Zita Nagamootoo, received today, at the venue of their official residence, the Director of International Relations of the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba, Dr. Celia Labora and the Regional Manager of Sales of the company FARMACUBA, Laura Vives, who participate in the Trade and Investment Exhibition of Guyana, (GuyTIE, 2018). There were also present the Ambassador of Cuba, Narciso R. Amador and the Counselor Ana Violeta Castañeda Marrero.
Georgetown, September 20, 2018. The Ambassador of Cuba, Narciso R. Amador, attended the opening ceremony of the Guyana Trade and Investment Exhibition (GuyTIE, 2018) with the participation of a Cuban delegation represented by Dr. Celia Labora, the Director of International Relations of the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba, and Laura Vives, the Regional Sales Manager of FARMACUBA Company.
Georgetown, 26-09-2018. On Saturday, August 25th, 2018 took place at the Convention Centre, Arthur Chung, the graduation of 19 doctors trained in Cuba, of them 11 Guyanese, 4 of St Kitts and Nevis, 3 of Saint Lucia and 1 from Malaysia.
The graduation ceremony was presided by the representative of the Department of Public Services of Guyana, Vincent Alexander, who encouraged the graduates to cultivate the spirit of service, avoid individualism and provide health service of excellence to the most needed communities.