Cuba would like to begin by thanking the United Nations General Assembly for convening this high-level event to follow up on the mandates given by this same organ in November 2014, after adopting the Resolution on the "Programme of Action in Favor of Landlocked Developing Countries for the Decade 2014-2024". The international community back then committed itself to tackle and contribute to overcoming the challenges faced by landlocked developing countries.
Cuba wishes to underscore the interconnection existing between the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Vienna Programme of Action. We believe that both development programmes should be boosted in unison, since each of their lags and progresses negatively impacts on our endeavors for sustainability and resilience.
The timely and effective implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action is critical to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. That is why we welcome the efforts made to implement the Mid-Term Review of the Vienna Programme of Action for the Decade 2014-2024, as well as the progress shown in recent years. At the same time, we regret that important challenges and goals still remain to be achieved for the sustainable development of landlocked developing countries.
Cuba recognizes the special development needs and problems of landlocked developing countries arising from their status and geographical constraints that negatively affect their sustainable development, including, inter alia, their long distance from the world markets and their vulnerability to the impact of climate change. We recognize, in addition, that areas such as infrastructure, transport and connectivity, as well as information and communication technologies, play a central role in reducing high trade costs, improving their competitiveness and fully integrating into the global market.
We encourage the international community, and particularly the United Nations Development System, to give special attention to the six priority areas of the Vienna Programme of Action in a coordinated, coherent and effective manner. It is imperative to translate these political commitments into concrete actions for the benefit of the peoples of landlocked developing countries.
Cuba wishes to express its complete willingness towards the promotion of the well-being and development that our peoples deserve, in a sustainable and inclusive manner.
However, to this end, we must promote a new, just and equitable International Economic Order. The developed countries should honor their historical responsibilities and comply with their international commitments, assuming more ambitious climate change mitigation goals and increasing their contributions to the Official Development Assistance.
The Vienna Programme of Action for the Decade 2014-2024 should be implemented on the basis of the promotion of the means of implementation necessary for this group of countries, including financing for development, technology transfer, capacity building and fostering partnerships.
Cuba ratifies its commitment to support the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for the Decade 2014-2024. Only with joint effort, political will and concrete actions, we will be able to achieve it.
Under the premise of preserving the universal right of all to development, Cuba continues to call for the consolidation of an effective global partnership for sustainable development on the basis of mutual respect and the recognition of the common but differentiated responsibilities and on the basis of the particular vulnerabilities faced by developing countries, in this particular case, landlocked developing countries.
On that basis and safeguarding the principle of solidarity that we have always defended, Cuba will continue to promote the close ties of brotherhood that bind us together with developing peoples and we reaffirm our firm commitment to the South-South cooperation as a complement that can contribute to the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action.
Thank you very much.