Statement by H.E. Mr. Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations. Second session of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board. UNFPA Segment. 31 August 2021

Madam President,

Esteemed Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director, distinguished members of the Executive Board and other delegations,

We thank the Executive Director for her comprehensive presentation, and the members of the Bureau and the Secretariat for the preparations for this session.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge UNFPA's support for the results achieved by my country in the areas under its mandate, and especially the cooperation received to strengthen our capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuba keeps the population issue as a priority in its National Economic and Social Development Plan until 2030, and in such efforts, we reiterate our commitment to the full implementation of the Cairo Programme of Action, the Montevideo Consensus and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, among other relevant framework documents.

We are grateful for the consultations convened by UNFPA in preparation for the Strategic Plan 2022-2025. We consider that the new Plan provides an ambitious basis for the entity´s work during the next cycle. We welcome that the new Plan outlines critical pathways and strategies to accelerate the achievement of the three approved transformative results until 2030. We also favor the priority given in the Plan to gender equality issues, as well as women's rights and empowerment.

We support the actions proposed in furtherance of national efforts on issues such as population dynamics and aging, maternal health, universal access to sexual and reproductive health, and reproductive rights and family planning.

We also favor the strengthening of focus on groups of countries in special situations, particularly SIDS, as well as the objective of reinforcing South-South and Triangular cooperation, in which UNFPA has proven and extensive experience.

We insist on the need for the entity to have adequate, predictable and flexible resources to be able to fulfill its mandate and, in this regard, to intensify the mobilization of resources to fill the gap between available resources and the needs estimated in the new Plan.

We note that the draft still contains some concepts that are not adequately developed and/or do not enjoy full consensus within the United Nations. We would have preferred the use of definitions that enjoy full consensus, as reflected in relevant documents, such as the latest quadrennial policy review of operational activities for development.  

Allow me to conclude by reiterating my delegation´s commitment to UNFPA´s work and mandate, and our confidence that this entity will continue to play an important role in this new cycle, in order to help ensure that no one and no country is left behind.

Thank you.