Thank you, Mr. Chairman,
Seven years after the adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, this crime remains one of the major challenges facing the international community, and a real offense against the dignity of persons.
Only the promotion of genuine international cooperation under strict observance of international law and the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, based on the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its relevant Protocol, will enable us to agree on the appropriate formulas to combat trafficking in persons.
The practice of producing unilateral qualification reports to other States is inadmissible and should be abolished.
In Cuba there is a very low prevalence of this phenomenon. In February of this year, we approved the National Action Plan for the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons and the Protection of Victims for the period 2017-2020, which coordinates the actions of the State and civil society organizations in the effective implementation of the zero tolerance policy for trafficking in persons.
Last April we received the visit of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, who could verify firsthand the reality of the country on this matter.
We are aware of what remains to be done. However, Cuba's experience shows that it is possible to achieve results in the fight against trafficking in persons, even with few resources, under a tight blockade and amid the growing complexity and internationalization of this crime. The social policies implemented throughout almost 60 years of Revolution, the prevention and participation of the whole society, have been and will be the keys to success.
Thank you very much.
Permanent Mission fo Cuba to the United Nations.