72 UNGA: Statement of Cuba during the Commemoration of the "International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons". New York, 26 September 2017.

Mr. Chairman,

Cuba endorses the statements made by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, and the Republic of El Salvador, on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

Celebrating the "International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons" is a call on the international community to reflect on the danger posed by nuclear weapons and the need to achieve their total elimination.

Humanity continues to be threatened by the existence of some 14,935 nuclear weapons. Spending millions of dollars on arms, including the modernization of nuclear weapons, is unacceptable, while insufficient resources are mobilized in the international cooperation required to implement the 2030 Agenda.

Mr. Chairman,

It is our responsibility to save the planet from the danger of nuclear weapons.

Last July 7, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted –a rule of International Law that prohibits nuclear weapons in all circumstances. With this treaty, the international community endorsed its conviction that nuclear weapons are not only inhumane, immoral and ethically indefensible, but from now on, they will also be illegal.

Let the adoption of this instrument serve as an incentive to mobilize international public opinion and the opinion of all those committed to the cause to eliminate all nuclear weapons.

In line with Cuba's traditional position condemning the conduct of any nuclear test, we welcome the fact that the new instrument prohibits all types of nuclear tests.

Mr. Chairman,

The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (Treaty of Tlatelolco).

Our region was the first densely populated area of the planet to be free from nuclear weapons.

Latin America and the Caribbean have continued to promote effective initiatives that contribute to disarmament, peace and security. In January 2014, on the occasion of the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, the region was proclaimed as a "Zone of Peace". The Proclamation, signed by all our Heads of State and Government, includes the strong commitment of the 33 States to promoting nuclear disarmament as a priority objective.

Mr. Chairman,

As pointed out by Fidel Castro Ruz, Historical Leader of the Cuban Revolution, to the United Nations General Assembly on 12 October 1979: "Enough of the illusion that the problems of the world can be solved by nuclear weapons. Bombs may kill the hungry, the sick and the ignorant; but bombs cannot kill hunger, disease and ignorance."

Thank you very much.

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations.