Cuba recognizes UNICEF´s support to the fight against COVID-19.

New York, 9 February 2021. Ambassador Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, participated today in the 2021 First Regular Session of the Executive Board of the United Nations International Children´s Fund (UNICEF), where he recognized the agency´s continuous support to the island for the promotion of education, health and the participation of every child and adolescent, in particular in the difficult context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cuban diplomat highlighted that the well-being of children is an inherent purpose of the Cuban social project. Health care and education services are universal and free of charge for all its population at all levels; Cuba is among the 35 countries in the world with the lowest infant mortality rate: by the end of 2020, infant mortality rate was 4.9 per 1,000 live births; the entire child population is vaccinated against 13 diseases, including six that remain eliminated and severe malnutrition in children is absent in Cuba, he explained.

In his statement, Pedroso Cuesta reiterated Cuba´s support to the work and mandate of UNICEF, both in Cuba and in the rest of the world, and called for the continued strengthening of its presence in developing countries.

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations

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