Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations establishes that Member States which have or assume responsibilities for the administration of territories whose peoples have not yet attained a full measure of self-government, must transmit regularly to the Secretary-General information on the economic and social conditions in the territories for which they are respectively responsible.
We appreciate the convening of this meeting to discuss the Security Council Annual Report to the General Assembly of 2020, contained in document A/75/2.
The relevance of the Security Council, as an organ mandated by the Charter of the United Nations for the maintenance of international peace and security, requires that the presentation of its annual reports cease to be a formal and uncritical exercise.
The delegation of Cuba wishes to thank you for your decision to convene this plenary meeting for the joint debate of items 37 “The situation in the Middle East” and 38 “Question of Palestine”, after the request of the delegations of Niger and Algeria, in their capacities as Chair of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and Chair of the Arab Group, respectively, as well as that of the Chair of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement.
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.