74 UNGA: Cuba at High-level webinar to commemorate the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation: Pathways toward the SDGs through South-South solidarity beyond COVID-19. New York, September 10, 2020

I wish to thank the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation and its Director, Mr. Jorge Chediek, for convening this very timely and highly relevant meeting to commemorate the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation.

This commemoration is a significant occasion to highlight the increasing importance of South-South Cooperation for our countries and the realization of the Agenda 2030 and further mobilize the international community in its support. We acknowledge the significant work by the UN Office on South-South Cooperation in this regard

Let me also renew our solidarity with all countries affected by COVID-19 and extend our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones.

South-South cooperation is a manifestation of solidarity among peoples and countries of the South that contributes to the well-being of populations, their collective independence, and the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, such as Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

For Cuba, South-South cooperation is one of the fundamental pillars of our international cooperation, and its strengthening is one of our main priorities.

South-South Cooperation is not a substitute for, but rather a complement to, North-South Cooperation. The implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Addis Ababa Agenda will only be possible if there are firm commitments and greater political will to mobilize additional, predictable and untied resources to enable developing countries to meet their development goals. International public financial flows are insufficient to cover the financing gaps of developing countries. Therefore, it is required a real political will, solidarity, multilateral cooperation, social justice and equality, if we really want to leave no country and no one behind, including the fulfilment of the right to development for all.

My delegation firmly believes that South-South and Triangular cooperation has and will continue to play a significant contribution in our collective endeavors towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda as a whole, as well as in the current fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic.

It is precisely in this spirit of solidarity and international cooperation that Cuba, since last march, has already dispatched 46 medical brigades to 39 different countries and territories, with over 3,800 members, to help within our modest capabilities in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the countries of the south. As a result, more than 255.000 people have been treated by Cuban doctors and over 8,000 lives been saved. These Cuban health specialists add up to those 30 000 Cuban medical personnel who were already deployed in 58 countries previous to the COVID 19 pandemic, as a long-standing commitment by Cuba and its people to South-South Cooperation.

During these trying times, we have also shared some medicines developed and produced by Cuba that, according to our proven practice, have been effective in the prevention of and therapy against the disease.

In addition, leading medical experts and institutions from Cuba have continued to systematically share via teleconferences and virtual seminars best experiences, practices, and medical protocols with multiple countries from the South, as well as holding consultations and discussions on specific treatments for patients or groups of patients in several countries.

Before concluding, I wanted to deeply thank the very fruitful and constructive cooperation all over these years with Mr. Jorge Chediek, Envoy of the Secretary General on South-South Cooperation and Director, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, and wish him the best in his upcoming retirement on September 2020.

The international community, developed and developing countries alike, must demonstrate more than ever our capability to work together in solidarity.

I thank you