Remarks by H.E. Mr. Oscar León González, Ambassador, Chargé d´Affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations within the framework of the First Regular Session of the UNICEF Executive Board. Adoption of the UNICEF Country Programme for Cuba. New York, 12 February 2020
We thank the Secretary-General for the presentation of the report on the implementation of the General Assembly resolutions 71/243 and 72/279 and their annexes, and that of the UN Development Coordination Office. We hope to be able to consider the proposals presented in the Report on a case-by-case basis and to support an informed decision in that regard at the General Assembly.
On behalf of the Cuban government and people, I convey greetings to you and to the distinguished personalities attending this 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
The priority issue is of significant importance in order to seek viable alternatives that contribute to transforming the reality in which millions of women are still living worldwide. It is not enough for rights to be recognized in international instruments or laws to be passed, if there is no genuine political will within each of the States for their implementation.
Esteemed Permanent Representatives,
Just two months ago we had the honor of hosting in Havana the thirty-seventh session of ECLAC, a moment that we particularly remember because of the celebration of the seventieth anniversary of this Commission.
With the same warmth and enthusiasm with which we received the participants at the session, we extend to all of you today a most cordial welcome.
Cuba associates itself with the statements delivered by the delegations of Egypt on behalf of the G77 and China, El Salvador on behalf of CELAC and Maldives on behalf of AOSIS.
Three years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, inequality and polarization in the world persist and are even worsening. Opulence and the concentration of income and wealth in developed countries are in stark contrast to the underdevelopment and poverty to which two thirds of the world's population are subjected.