3rd - Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs

71 UNGA: Cuba at the Third Committee on “Elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance” and “Rights of peoples to self-determination.”

Madam Chair,

Fifteen years after the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action at the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and related Intolerance, its full implementation remains a pending issue in the struggle for equal rights for all human beings.

We note with concern that in many regions and countries of the world, racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia continue to occur, and even take new and more sophisticated forms.

71 UNGA: Cuba at the Third Committee on Agenda item: “Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

Madam Chair,

My delegation endorses the declaration made by the Dominican Republic on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Indigenous peoples have historically been subject to serious violations of their rights, to brutal discrimination practices, plundering of resources and genocide. In the case of Cuba alone, in slightly more than 30 years after colonization started, the population of 120,000 inhabitants was totally exterminated

71 UNGA: Cuba at the Third Committee on Item 65: “Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child”.

Madam Chair,

While progress has been achieved worldwide in the defense of the rights of the child, it is regrettable that these have been unequally distributed on the basis of wealth divide and polarization between the North and the South, and even within the industrialized nations themselves.

Millions of childrenare still living under unacceptable conditions. According to estimates, some 5.9 million children died in 2015 before their fifth birthday, most of them from diseases that can be prevented and treated easily and affordably.

71 UNGA: Cuba at the Third Committee on item: “Advancement of Women”.

Madam Chair,

My delegation endorses the statement made by the Dominican Republic on behalf of CELAC.

Cuba stands firm in its conviction that a key requirement towards the full realization of gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls is the achievement of a new equitable and just international order, ensuring the eradication of poverty and hunger, the end of armed conflicts, the value of human beings above capital and the preservation of the environment.

71 UNGA: Cuba at the Joint Debate of the items Prevention of Crime and Criminal Justice, and International Drug Control.

Mr. Chairman,

First of all, our delegation associates itself with the statement made by the Dominican Republic of behalf of CELAC, and in our national capacity we would like to highlight the following elements.

The current international context demands for crime prevention to remain a task of first priority. Every country, regardless their socio-economic characteristics, is vulnerable to the different manifestations of crime, including the emerging forms.

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