3rd - Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs

73 UNGA: Statement by Cuba, on Item 74: Promotion and protection of human rights a) Human rights instruments. d) Comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action New York, October 29, 2018.

Mr. Chairman,

Cuba reiterates its willingness to cooperate with all United Nations human rights bodies and institutions that are universally applicable and non-discriminatory in nature, based on the provisions set out in General Assembly resolution 68/268, which established guidelines aimed at strengthening and improving the functioning of the treaty body system; which does not imply the establishment of new mechanisms that exceed the provisions governing the standard itself.

73 UNGA: Statement by Cuba, on Item 74: Promotion and protection of human rights, B & C. New York, 29 October 2018.

Mr. Chairman,

Cuba upholds the principles of mutual respect, truth, justice, universality, impartiality and non-selectivity as the only way to promote and protect all human rights.

Higher priority and visibility should be granted to solving problems such as extreme poverty, illiteracy, lack of access to basic rights like health care, education and food, among others, which characterize the unjust international economic order.

We reaffirm our commitment to continue promoting international cooperation in the field of human rights.

Mr. Chairman,

73 UNGA:Intervention of the Cuban delegation in the Interactive Dialogue with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. New York, 15 October 2018.

Mr. President,

We thank Ms. Bachelet for her oral presentation and congratulate her on her appointment as High Commissioner. We further reiterate our support for the efforts to advance the cause of human rights on the basis of objectivity, non-selectivity and impartiality. She takes on this task facing great challenges, including the growing politicization in addressing the issue of human rights, particularly against countries of the South.  

73 UNGA: Statement by the Delegation of the Republic of Cuba on Item 70: “Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child”. New York, October 10, 2018.

Mr. Chairman,

We appreciate the reports submitted under this item and note with satisfaction the status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has been ratified by all Member States with only one exception.

73 UNGA: Statement by H.E. Mrs. Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Cuba, on item 29: Advancement of Women. Third Committee. New York, October 5, 2018

Mr. Chairman,

Significant progress has been made since the Beijing Conference: the number of girls in school has increased, as well as the number of paid working women and those who are elected to carry out public responsibilities and leadership roles. Women have acquired broader rights of access to employment, property and inheritance by marrying and divorcing on the same terms as men. These advances demonstrate that it is possible to reduce gender inequalities through public action.

73 UNGA: Statement by Cuba at Third Committee joint debate on items 110: Prevention of Crime and Criminal Justice and 111: International Drug Control. New York, October 4, 2018.

Mr. Chairman,

Cuba recognizes the central role played by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the center of discussions on these issues within the framework of the United Nations. The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs must continue to carry out their work without prejudice in the performance of their functions or duplication by other forums that undermine their authority.

72 UNGA: Statement by H.E. Mrs. Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations under item 15: "Culture of Peace". New York, 8 December 2017.

Mr. Chairman,

The Agenda Item 15 of the General Assembly reminds us that peace is not only a goal to be fulfilled but a supreme objective to be preserved.

There can be no peace without full respect for the sovereignty of States; and there can be no peace without respect for the self-determination of peoples and the territorial integrity of States.

Violence must be brought to an end, life must be respected, dialogue and cooperation must be considered, and emphasis must be placed on education and the transmission of values for peace.

72 UNGA: Statement by H.E. Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Cuba, on Item 28 Advancement of Women, Third Committee. New York, 6 October 2017.

Mr. Chairman,

My delegation endorses the statement by El Salvador on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and by Ecuador on behalf of the Group of 77 plus China.

Mr. Chairman,

Nearly 90% of today’s war victims are civilians, most of them women, senior citizens, girls and boys. They also represent more than the 75% of refugees and people displaced by conflicts.

71 UNGA: Cuba at the general debate of the 10th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Mr. President,

We note with satisfaction that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has entered its second decade with 174 States Parties. My delegation encourages all States not yet party to the Convention to accede it or ratify it, as appropriate.

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