Havana, 26 June 2020
“62nd Year of the Revolution”
H.E. Mr. Antonio Gutérres
Secretary General of the United Nations
Seventy five years after the Member States of this Organization signed the Charter of the United Nations, the strict compliance with its principles and purposes, International Law, and the preservation of multilateralism, gains more significance than ever.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognized the results of Cuba's work to achieve quality, inclusive education in the 2020 Global Monitoring Report on Education for All -known as the GEM report.
This global monitoring mechanism is used to evaluate progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDA) No. 4: Ensure inclusive, equitable, quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Serious questions about neoliberalism during the current pandemic are raised by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Republic of Cuba, and Jorge Núñez Jover, dean of the University of Havana’s Science, Technology and Society department, in an article recently published in the Cuban Academy of Sciences magazine, Anales, entitled, Gestión gubernamental y ciencia cubana en el enfrentamiento a la COVID-19 (Government management and Cuban science in confronting COVID-19).
Three U.S. Senators, obsessed with starving Cuba, have introduced a bill that seeks to punish countries that accept the island's medical collaboration.
All three, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rick Scott, have a long history of service to the most U.S. hostile policies toward Cuba, and not one of them is interested in how many people our doctors save or help.
Honorable Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott, Justice of the Peace, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Barbados;
Dr. June Soomer, Secretary-General of the Association of Caribbean States;
Distinguished delegates and guests;
First of all I would like to welcome the initiative of the Government of Barbados, in its condition as Chair of the Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States, of convening this virtual meeting.