73 UNGA: Statement by the Cuban delegation at the Segment on Operational Activities (Item 25) Second Committee. New York, October 22, 2018.

Mr. President,

Cuba associates itself with the statements delivered by Egypt on behalf of the G77 and China, Maldives on behalf of AOSIS and El Salvador on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

We took note of the reports submitted by the Secretary-General under agenda item 25.

The United Nations Development System and its constituent entities are called upon to play an essential role in addressing national development priorities and implementing the 2030 Agenda, as a direct expression to promote the sustainable progress of the peoples of the South.

It is therefore necessary to encourage the contribution of the System in the confrontation of pressing and specific development challenges faced by the most vulnerable countries.

Mr. President,

The United Nations Development System is undergoing an ambitious reform process. We have positive expectations for the effective execution of the implementation plan for strengthening the Resident Coordinator System, and the implementation of the agreements undertaken in General Assembly resolutions 71/243 and 72/279.

It is our greatest hope that previous efforts and commitments will translate into the strengthening of the development pillar and the reaffirmation of the principles that guide the System's activities in our countries, its neutrality, intergovernmental character and objective strictly linked to development.  

North-South cooperation, as well as regular, predictable and unconditional resources, should remain the cornerstone of operational activities for development. The financing of the System must preserve the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and maintain its distinctions with the Financing for Development mechanisms agreed to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Mr. President,

The United Nations System must be more proactive in eliminating poverty and achieving sustainable development. At the same time, it should respond effectively to national priorities in accordance with the mandates of each entity.

In addition, the decisive involvement of developing countries in the governance of the System must be guaranteed, while flexible and inclusive policies must be promoted, thus showing adherence to the principle of voluntarism and to sovereignty and leadership at all levels of the recipient State. It should not be forgotten that the developing countries know best what their needs are and it is up to them to determine their assistance priorities.

The entities of the System, in keeping with their mandate, should promote development in its three dimensions and continue to show full respect for national sovereignty, the self-determination of peoples and the leadership of national governments over their own processes.

Mr. President,

Cuba wishes to underscore the importance of consolidating an effective global partnership to drive the sustainable development of our peoples, based on mutual respect and the safeguarding of the universal right to development.

We thus reaffirm our strong commitment to South-South cooperation and the strengthening of inclusive regional and global cooperation schemes on the basis of solidarity and mutual respect.

Cuba looks forward to the Second United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) as an important opportunity to promote and endorse the principles of South-South cooperation, and to further strengthen the current mechanisms and institutional arrangements to better support efforts related to this modality of cooperation.

The voluntary and complementary nature of South-South cooperation with respect to North-South cooperation clearly reaffirms that South-South cooperation should not be interpreted as a substitute for Official Development Assistance commitments or as the primary mechanism for implementing the 2030 Agenda or other global targets that are outstanding matters.

Thank you very much.