Commission on Social Development

Statement of the Cuban delegation in the general discussion of item 19 c) “Crime prevention and criminal justice”, Management Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). New York, 22 July 2021.

Mr. President:

Cuba remains fully committed to the United Nations efforts in crime prevention and criminal justice, and we reaffirm the relevance of the CCPCJ, which is evident when assessing the report of its 30th session.

It is also clear that this complex topic requires further international cooperation. However, contrary to that spirit, several countries continue to be under unilateral coercive measures that have a heavy toll on sustainable development, including crime prevention and criminal justice efforts.

72 UNGA: Statement by the Cuban delegation at the general debate on Agenda item 3: Follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly, sub-items a) and b) NY, February 1, 2018.

Mr. Chairman,

As expressed in the Secretary-General's report on the priority issue, in the regions and countries most affected by poverty, statistical indicators show only a slight reduction in extreme poverty rates. More worryingly, this does not indicate that the root causes of this phenomenon have changed or tend to disappear. In reality, the situation remains very serious. In many countries, extreme poverty has continued to grow and, generally speaking, prospects for compliance with Goal 1 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are discouraging.

72 UNGA: Remarks by Cuba, event "Achieving poverty eradication by sustainable health, well-being and education: the case of Ebola in West Africa & other epidemics worldwide 56th session of the Commission for Social Development. 30 January 2018.

Honorable Sr. Isata Kabia, Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs of Sierra Leone,

Distinguished Permanent Representatives and delegates,

The international cooperation developed by Cuba in terms of humanitarian assistance for epidemic disaster relief is a modality that responds to the fundamental principles of our National Health Care System and our foreign policy, whose key pillars are internationalism, humanism and solidarity.

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