75 UNGA: Statement by the delegation of Cuba during the Segment on Sustainable Development (Item 18). Second Committee. New York, 12 October 2020

Mr. Chairman,

My delegation associates itself with the statements delivered by the distinguished delegations of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on behalf of the Group of 77 and China and by Belize on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States.

Mr. Chairman,

The current COVID-19 pandemic has put the multilateral system and the United Nations to a hard test. The result of such challenges has not been encouraging. The lack of solidarity towards the most vulnerable has forced us to deal with the worst adversities alone and in the most dreadful situation.

The United Nations and the multilateral system as a whole have failed to respond to the call of the most underprivileged. For months, developing countries have called on the international community to face the debt and liquidity crisis and financially support the most vulnerable. The lifting of unilateral coercive measures that affect almost a third of the world´s population has been demanded, we have requested material support to confront the health crisis and we have called for redoubling efforts to effectively confront climate change.  

In all cases, doors and ears have remained shut to the clamor of the developing world.

For SIDS, the combination of climate, ecological and economic crises has undermined the limited progress in the implementation of the Samoa Pathway. The small island developing States are today further away from achieving sustainable development goals in 2030. Issues such as food security, economic recovery and diversification, debt relief and financial liquidity, adaptation to climate change and coping with its loss and damage, among others, are challenges that only find vague responses in the current multilateral system.

Mr. Chairman,

Under these circumstances, my country is forced to face additional challenges posed by the systematic imposition of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba for almost 60 years. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, these unilateral coercive measures have reached the point of preventing us from accessing medical supplies donations to combat the health emergency.

This hostile and illegal policy is the main obstacle to the development of Cuba, the full enjoyment of all human rights of the Cuban people and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs.

However, the solidarity spirit of the Cuban Revolution remains unabated even in light of such serious challenges. Since last March, Cuba has sent 46 medical brigades to 39 countries and territories, with over 3,800 members, to assist in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in countries of the South. As a result, more than 255,000 people have been treated and more than 8,000 lives have been saved by the Cuban doctors.

Mr. Chairman,

The United Nations cannot afford to leave any person or country behind. Better rebuilding our economies requires turning rhetoric and promises into concrete actions, based on inclusive and coherent policies, a revitalized global partnership and effective mobilization of financial resources.

Our hope is that this organization proves itself at the height of such circumstances in this 75th session.

 

Thank you.