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72 UNGA: Statement by the Republic of Cuba on Item 89 of the General Assembly "Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency". New York, November 10, 2017.

Mr. Chairman,

Cuba supports the significant contribution of the International Atomic Energy Agency to peace and sustainable development, including in the fight against the effects of climate change, food insecurity and diseases.

We reiterate that it should be a priority for the Agency to allocate the efforts and resources of the IAEA on the employment and dissemination of nuclear applications, to improve living conditions, promote sustainable development and environmental protection.

72 UNGA: Statement by Cuba, on Item 122 of the Plenary Meeting "Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Security Council" New York, 7 November 2017.

Mr. Chairman,

First of all, we would like to acknowledge your commitment, in your capacity as President of the General Assembly, to the Security Council reform process.

We take this opportunity to assure Ambassadors Kaha Imnadze and Lana Nussseibeh, Permanent Representatives of Georgia and the United Arab Emirates, respectively, of the full cooperation of Cuba to make progress in our work.

We recognize the efforts made by the Co-chairs during the previous session, the Permanent Representatives of Romania and Tunisia.

Mr. Chairman,

72 UNGA: Statement by Cuba, at the General Debate of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, on Item 53 "United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the the Near East". New York, 6 November 2017.

Mr. Chairman,

Cuba associates itself with the statement by the representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.

We reiterate our appreciation to the staff of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), particularly to Mr. Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner-General of the Agency, for his untiring efforts and his courage and dedicated service to Palestine refugees, in such difficult conditions.

Mr. Chairman,

72 UNGA: Statement by the Cuban Delegation at the general debate on Item 67: Report of the Human Rights Council. New York, 2 November 2017

Mr. Chairman,

The Human Rights Council was a result of the need to address double standards, political confrontation and manipulation of the former Commission on Human Rights. The Council should avoid the recurrence of the negative practices that discredited the Commission, which we strongly reject.

72 UNGA: Speech by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, on the "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba," in United Nations headquarters, New York, November 1, 2017.

Mr. President;

Your Excellencies permanent representatives;

Distinguished delegates;

U.S. citizens and Cubans resident in the United States who are present in this hall:

I would like to express to the people and government of the United States; Mayor Bill De Blasio; Governor Andrew Cuomo; and other authorities in New York; as well as its citizens and especially families of the victims, our most heartfelt condolences, in the name of the Cuban people and government, for the terrorist attack which occurred yesterday afternoon.

72 UNGA: Statement by Cuba, on Item 72: Promotion and protection of human rights, 3rd Committee. New York, October 27, 2017.

Mr. Chairman,

Cuba upholds the principles of mutual respect, truth, justice, universality, impartiality and non-selectivity as the only way to promote and protect human rights.

Higher priority and visibility should be granted to the solution of problems such as extreme poverty, illiteracy, lack of access to basic rights like health care, education and food, among others, which characterize the unjust international economic order.

We reaffirm our commitment to continue promoting international cooperation in the field of human rights.

Mr. Chairman,

72 UNGA: Statement by Cuba, at the General Debate of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, On Item 55: "Comprehensive Review of the whole question of Peacekeeping Operations in all their aspects." New York, 26 October 2017.

Mr. Chairman,

Cuba endorses the statements by Morocco, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement and by El Salvador, on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

We appreciate the presentations by Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, and Mr. Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support.

72 UNGA: Statement of the Cuban delegation during the Segment on Operational Activities (Item 25). Second Committee. New York, 25 October 2017

Mr. President,

Cuba associates itself with the statements delivered by Ecuador on behalf of the G77 and China; Maldives on behalf of AOSIS and El Salvador on behalf of CELAC.

We take note of the reports presented by the Secretary-General under agenda item 25.

We look forward to the next report on the repositioning of the United Nations Development System with more elaborate proposals. We will constructively involve in its consideration by States, within the most appropriate framework to do so.

Mr. President,

72 UNGA: Statement of the Delegation of the Republic of Cuba at the Thematic Debate on “Disarmament Machinery”,First Committee.New York, 25 October 2017.

Mr. Chairman,

The First Special Session of the General Assembly devoted to Disarmament established the current disarmament machinery of the United Nations system, where each of its components plays a fundamental role and specific functions that must be preserved.

Cuba attaches great importance to the promotion of multilateralism as the basic principle of disarmament negotiations and to the need to make concrete progress, giving the highest priority to nuclear disarmament.

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