71 UNGA: Cuba at the Event on Connectivity and Innovation, convened by the President of the General Assembly.

Mr. President,

We are grateful for the call to this Event on Innovation and Connectivity.

Our delegation associates itself with the Representatives of Ecuador and El Salvador on behalf of the G77 plus China and CELAC, respectively.

Mr. President,

The international community took a significant step forward with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with Science, Technology and Innovation playing an essential role in its implementation.

There are still constraints for developing countries that prevent them not only from having access to Science and Technology, but also to have the necessary infrastructure and knowledge to manage them properly.

The digital divide between developed and developing countries makes it impossible not only to have connectivity, but also to use technologies for sustainable development. Cuba reaffirms the call for the transfer, dissemination and diffusion of technologies to developing countries as well as the exchange of knowledge.

This requires greater political will and solidarity on the part of the developed countries in terms of financing for the sustainable development of peoples in need. It is further necessary to establish a democratic multilateral internet governance model.

We reiterate that the use of information and communication technologies must be based on sustainable development and not to the detriment of international law or for the purpose of subverting the internal order of States and violating their sovereignty.

Mr. President,

The Cuban State has focused the development of Science, Technology and Innovation on social benefit, and many achievements in the quality of life of the Cuban people have been recognized internationally.

The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States government is the main obstacle to the development of our country and consequently, to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Last year, this unilateral measure against our people caused impacts to the sector of the Communications and Information Technology which amount to 59 million 208 thousand 700 dollars.

Despite these limitations, Cuba reiterates its commitment to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Our support for a sustainable and equitable development is unconditional. I assure you, Mr. President, our full support for this purpose.

Thank you very much.