Statement by Ambassador Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, at the High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace, New York, 7 September 2021

Mr.  President,

The progress in the implementation of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, an instrument to which Cuba remains fully committed, is frustrated in an international context in which the use and threat of the use of force persists, unconventional warfare proliferates and unilateral coercive measures are imposed, hate speeches are promoted, the issue of human rights is politicized against developing countries and the internal affairs of sovereign countries are intervened in or attacked with the purpose of satisfying illegitimate interests of imperial domination.

It is not possible to advance towards a culture of peace while the COVID-19 pandemic is used to promote supremacist, racist and xenophobic ideas or to support selfishness and the "every man for himself" philosophy that characterizes the unequal and unjust world in which we live and which is expressed, inter alia, in the lack of access of countries of the South to COVID-19 vaccines.

Mr.  President,

In open disrespect for the Charter of the United Nations, the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, the government of the United States unleashed an intense international campaign against Cuba, which includes actions of aggression in the communications and digital field. It devotes millions of dollars to promote the subversion of the constitutional order freely chosen by Cubans and to foment instability, hatred and violence, all this in the midst of a pandemic and economic hardship, due to the blockade that this very government has imposed on us for more than six decades, and has opportunistically intensified in recent years. These actions contravene any notion of a culture of peace.

Mr.  President,

Advancing towards a culture of peace requires respect for the diversity of political, social, cultural and religious systems, strict compliance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, and the establishment of a more just, democratic and equitable world order.

As expressed by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, we reaffirm today Cuba's high aspirations for a peace with respect, “a peace with rights, a peace with independence and a peace with security for all the peoples of the world: that is the peace for which we must all fight!”

Thank you.