Press Release “Cuba reiterates its uninterested support to those countries affected by natural disasters and other emergencies.”

New York, 8 December 2016. Cuba pointed out today, at the UN General Assembly plenary session to consider Agenda item “Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance”, that the UN Charter shall be respected, and its purposes and principles are not to be infringed or distorted, restricted or conditioned when offering humanitarian assistance. As part of this forum, Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations considered that the human and material damages caused by natural disasters add up to the disasters caused by the direct action of man, such as hunger, poverty and war, which provide a high fragile situation for billions of people worldwide.

The Ambassador urged to strengthen international cooperation programs, and transference of resources, technologies and knowledge towards developing countries, so as to complement national capacities to face humanitarian emergencies.

As to Cuba, the Ambassador highlighted the central role of the Cuban Government in the starting off, organization, coordination and offering of humanitarian assistance when the country is being affected by natural disaster. “Our experiences prove the need for a Civil Defense System comprising all society institutions and resources for the protection of the people, their goods and the social and economic infrastructure. Cuba has worked in the updating of the institutional and regulatory frameworks for the reduction of disaster risk at local level, in the upgrading of early warning national and local systems and in the organization of response and recovery actions.”  She noted that despite the significant material loss in the recent aftermath of hurricane Matthew, our country moves forward in its recovery process with the ease and pride of not having to regret a single human loss.

While reiterating Cuba’s willingness to continue supporting those countries affected by natural disasters and other emergencies, in a solidary and uninterested way, the Cuban diplomat did not fail to recall the particular attention required by the situation of the Palestinian people, as a victim of one of the most prolonged humanitarian emergencies faced by the Organization. (Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations)