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75 UNGA: Statement by the delegation of Cuba at the second resumed session of the Fifth Committee agenda item 143 “Improving the financial situation of the United Nations”. New York, 14 May 2021

Mr. Chairman,

We thank Mrs. Catherine Pollard, Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance, for her presentation updating us on the financial situation of the Organization. We also thank the Division on Contributions for its continued support to Member States.

My delegation associates itself with the statement delivered by the Republic of Guinea on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

Mr. Chairman,

75 UNGA; Statement by Cuba at the UN Security Council Open debate “Maintenance of international peace and security: upholding multilateralism and the united nations-centered international system”. New York, 7 May 2021.

Mr. President,

We endorse the statement delivered by the delegation of Azerbaijan on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.

We thank the People's Republic of China for holding this open debate, which is more than opportune in an international context that imposes the strengthening of multilateralism, full respect for the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and international law, as well as cooperation and solidarity to jointly face the numerous challenges of our time.

75 UNGA: Statement by the delegation of Cuba at the 20th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. New York, 27 April 2021

Statement by the delegation of Cuba at the 20th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, on agenda item 4 “Implementation of the six mandate areas of the Permanent Forum, with reference to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

Mr. Chairman,

We recognize the work that the Permanent Forum has carried out in its twenty years of existence in the six areas of its mandate, to examine indigenous issues in a comprehensive manner.

75 UNGA: Statement by the delegation of Cuba at the general debate of the 43rd session of the Committee on Information. New York, 26 April 2021

Mr. Chairman,

First and foremost, allow me to express our congratulations on your appointment as Chairman of the Committee, which I extend to the distinguished elected members of the Board. I reiterate our best wishes for their success in performing their duties.

We also wish to thank the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco, for the active work over the last two years as Chairman of the Committee and the outgoing board members.

75 UNGA: Statement by Ambassador Pedro L. Pedroso Cuesta, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, Security Council Open Debate on “Protection of civilians in armed conflict: indispensable civilian objects”. New York, 27 April 2021.

Mr. President,

Mankind is facing a complex scenario and colossal challenges. International peace and security are threatened by the increase in conflicts and unconventional warfare, while the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a crisis with manifold and devastating effects that transcend the area of health and affect economy, trade and our societies in general.

75 UNGA: Statement by the Cuban delegation at the general discussion of the 11th session of the United Nations. Open-ended Working Group on Ageing. New York, 29 March 2021

Madam Chair,

The work of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing is of great significance for Cuba. Population ageing is one of the most complex socio-demographic challenges facing our country.

Thanks to the work of the Revolution in favor of the health and well-being of its population´s, today life expectancy in Cuba is 78.45 years; and by 2030, 30 percent of our population is expected to be 60 years old or older.

75 UNGA: Statement by the Cuban delegation at the meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. New York, 25 March 2021.

Mr. President,

Observing the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade becomes vitally important in the current context, marked by alarming expressions of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia in some of the most developed societies.

For Cuba, this issue is particularly symbolic, because we feel highly proud of our African roots and heritage.

75 UNGA: Statement by the Cuban delegation at the plenary meeting of the General Assembly to observe the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. New York, 19 March 2021.

Mr. President,

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination should be a day of reflection.

Greater political will and strengthened international cooperation are indispensable to meet the goals set at the historic Durban World Conference, 20 years ago. However, we see a disturbing wave of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia, and hate speech against migrants and people of African descent.

Mr. President,

75 UNGA: Statement by Cuba at interactive dialogue “Building back better - women's participation and leadership in COVID-19 response and recovery” of the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women of ECOSOC. New York, 18 March 2021

Mr. Chair,

In order to address the health and socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cuba conceived a preventive, intersectoral and multidisciplinary model, implementing and perfecting more than 500 measures to confront this disease and ensure the protection of the entire population.

Our country has adopted labor, salary and social security and assistance measures which protect the entire population, especially women and groups at greater risk and vulnerability.

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