New York, 1st June 2021. Cuba participated today at the 20th session of the United Nations High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation, represented by Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment of the Republic of Cuba, Déborah Rivas Saavedra.
During her statement, the Cuban representative stated that the COVID-19 pandemic is the most recent proof that current global challenges cannot be effectively faced in isolation; and called for respect for international law, multilateralism, partnerships and supportive cooperation among countries, including South-South cooperation.
In this context, the Cuban Deputy Minister denounced that unilateralism, interference and provocation of violence are intolerable, as is the case of the genocidal and illegal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the government of the United States of America for decades on Cuba; the application of the extraterritorial Helms Burton Act against the island and its arbitrary and unjustified inclusion in the list of State sponsors of terrorism.
Rivas Saavedra explained how despite such policy of economic and political harassment, during 2020 and 2021, 56 Cuban medical brigades from the Henry Reeve Contingent have provided services in 40 countries, as a sign of the Caribbean nation´s commitment to South-South cooperation.
The Cuban representative affirmed that the world can continue to count on Cuba´s cooperation to support progress towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations