Remarks by Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Republic of Cuba, during the virtual opening ceremony for ECLAC’s 38th Session, at the Havana Convention Center, October 26, 2020, Year 62 of the Revolution
(Transcript: Presidency of the Republic/Translation: GI)
His Excellency Mr. Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of the Republic of Costa Rica;
Your Excellency, Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General
Your Excellency, dear Mrs. Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC Executive Secretary;
Our economy destroyed and our people divided. This is the objective of the U.S. government, which went to great lengths in 2019 and 2020 to exhaust and besiege Cuba.
Totally disregarding the impact of COVID-19, the White House stepped up its attacks... and limited, hindered, threatened, persecuted or sanctioned all those who aspired to do business with the island, intimidating and questioning even those who dared to think of Cuba’s Henry Reeve international medical contingent as a solution as their people faced a pandemic that strained health systems around the world.
Fifty countries have ratified an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, the United Nations has announced, allowing the “historic” text to enter into force in 90 days.
Honduras became the 50th country to ratify the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), the UN said on Saturday, in a move hailed by anti-nuclear activists but strongly opposed by the United States and the other major nuclear powers.
October offers two important anniversaries in the history of Cuba, the beginning of the country's wars of independence and national Cuban Culture Day
On October 18th, 1868, the taking of Bayamo by the Liberation Army was begun, and at 11:00 pm on the 20th, Spanish authorities signed their capitulation.