71 UNGA: Cuba at the Forum on Financing for Development under the auspices of ECOSOC.

Mr. President,                                                                                                       

Our delegation welcomes the holding of this Second Financing for Development Forum and acknowledges and is grateful to the Presidents of ECOSOC and the General Assembly, as well as the Secretariat, for organizing the event.

Cuba associates itself with the statements made by Ecuador, El Salvador and Maldives on behalf of the Group of 77 plus China, CELAC and AOSIS, respectively.

Mr. President,

Nearly 38 years ago, in October 1979, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, addressed the 34th Session of the United Nations General Assembly as Chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement to the said Forum and I quote " ..., even if the mistakes and vices of the present system of international relations were rectified, the underdeveloped countries would still lack a decisive element: external financing" and he declared "Enough of words. Deeds are needed! Enough of abstractions. Specific actions are needed!” End of quote.

Despite the commitments of the Addis Ababa Agenda, the inequalities of the international order are increasing. Most donors have yet to meet their commitments. Official development assistance in 2015 was 152.602.83 - almost 10 billion dollars less than the previous year.

In contrast, world military spending in 2015 was 1.676 trillion dollars, and global inventories of nuclear warheads are estimated at 15,395, with the risk of being fired by accident, error or far-fetched decision.

However, with less than half of the world's military spending, most of the SDGs could be reached.

Mr. President,

Despite multiple resolutions aiming at the promotion of a universal, rule-based, open, inclusive and non-discriminatory multilateral trading system, there are still unilateral coercive measures against developing countries.

The unjust economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the government of the United States of America against Cuba for more than 50 years, and is still in force, affects the economic and social development of the Cuban people and, consequently, their right to development.

Mr. President,

Cuba reiterates once again its commitment and political will towards international cooperation, with discussions and tangible achievements in terms of financing for development.

Thank you very much.