Canadian Network on Cuba held its 8th Biennial Convention in Toronto.

Toronto, June 5th, 2017.- Last weekend took place a verysuccessful 8th Biennial Convention in Toronto. The delegates and alternate delegates from solidarity organizations across Canada were joined by observers and invited guests including Luis Morlote Rivas, Vice-president of UNEAC and a member Cuban National Assembly and Sandra Ramírez, Director of North America of Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).

Barbadian doctor chooses to do her specialty in Cuba.

As part of the ongoing cooperation between the government of Cuba and the member states of CARICOM, in particular as regards the health program and the granting of free undergraduate and postgraduate fellowships, the Barbadian doctor Erika Dionne Jordan chose to do her specialty In General Surgery free of charge, a benefit that Cuba guarantees free of charge exclusively for the professionals of the sister nations of the Caribbean. Due to the impossibility of certifying her studies or obtaining employment in the public health system of her country, Dr. Erika had to reside in St.

Cuba and Africa: The history that unites us

The first day of the Fifth Continental Conference of Solidarity with Cuba in Windhoek was a representation of what our country means for Africa: brotherhood, support, strength, friendship. Precisely, "Cuba has been an integral part of our lost battles and our battles won, until the final victory," said the Namibian president Hage Geingob at the inauguration of the important event.

Before asking for a minute's silence for Fidel in the conference hall of the Namibian capital, Geingob stated that no other person has left such a lasting legacy in the struggle for self-determination.

Among the objectives of the conference, he mentioned the discussion of the priorities in the actions of solidarity and the strengthening of the ties between the organizations of the continent. Also agree on new strategies to fight against the blockade imposed by the US government on Cuba.

"Africa will continue to support the people of Cuba until the complete elimination of economic and trade restrictions is achieved."

Namibia as the venue for this important conference is another platform to further promote friendship and solidarity in our nations. "This event will lead to the development of a common African strategy to support Cuba during this difficult time due to the economic reasons associated with the blockade," he added.

On the current context of the region, he said "we are living an era in which we are witnessing the emergence of the new Africa ... but we assume that as Africans we should be responsible for our own development.

During the inaugural session, Fernando González Llort, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples (ICAP), emphasized: "In Africa, the essence of our nation is more than our roots."

"The complex international reality forces us to multiply our political and solidarity actions to prevent that the achievements of our people, with the amount of blood and sacrifice that these costed, be snatched from those who made them possible."

Speaking at the first session of the Fifth Continental Conference of Solidarity, the Cuban Hero reminded those present of the historical ties between the African continent and our country, as well as thanked the constant support to the cause for the return of the Cuban Five Heroes.

On Fidel's legacy, which is part of the debates of this meeting, he said: "There has never been a single non-African man in history who has done so much for Africa as Fidel. This undoubtedly leaves us the challenge to keep alive his legacy and to be consistent with his example and teachings. "

"What we have achieved to this day has been possible also thanks to the permanent solidarity we have received from the governments and peoples of the world, especially our African brothers," he said.

After cataloguing this event as transcendental, González thanked the Government and the Chancellery of Namibia, as well as the movements of solidarity for the organization of the event.

On Monday, delegates from Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Zambia and Ethiopia made reference to the ties that unite them with the island. Each of them emphasized Cuba's solidarity with the African continent. Meanwhile, other participants highlighted Cuba's right to self-determination.

The Conference divided into two commissions will today work on common positions to strengthen the fight against the blockade and the return of the illegally occupied territory of Guantánamo Base. As well as concrete more actions of solidarity and promote the legacy of Fidel and Che.

The debates on Tuesday will be included in the final declaration of this solidarity meeting, which concludes on June 7.

 

Press Release: Cuban Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Environment, José Fidel Santana Núñez, holds bilateral meeting with his Italian counterpart, Silvia Velo.

New York, 6 June 2017. The Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba, José Fidel Santana Núñez, held a bilateral meeting with his Italian counterpart, Silvia Velo, within the framework of the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

Cuba and Mongolia to develop cooperation on the mining industry

Ulaanbaatar. June 6, 2017. His Excellency, Mr Zagdjav Deleg, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Mines and Heavy Industry of Mongolia, received today the Ambassador of Cuba Raúl Delgado Concepción at the headquarters of this Ministry. Mr. Zagdajav, who is also President of the Mongol Organization for Peace and Friendship (OMPA), held a fruitful working meeting with the Cuban Ambassador in which they discussed issues of mutual interest regarding possibilities for cooperation and exchange of work in the area of ​​mining and geological research.

Director General of International Organizations of the Foreign Ministry of Thailand welcomes the Ambassador of Cuba

Director General of International Organizations of the Foreign Ministry of Thailand welcomes the Ambassador of Cuba

BANGKOK, June 5, 2017 - The Director General of the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Kanchana Patarachoke, received the Ambassador of Cuba to Thailand Héctor Conde Almeida.

In the cordial meeting, both sides stressed the good path of bilateral relations and reiterated their mutual will to continue strengthening them, with special reference to the historical significance of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries to be celebrated in May 2018.

Cuba and Zimbabwe strengthen triangular cooperation in education.

Zimbabwe, June 2, 2017. The specialists of the Central Institute of Pedagogical Sciences of Cuba Dr. Alberto Diego Valle Lima and Dr. Pedro Luis Castro Alegret, arrived today in Harare, Zimbabwe with the objective of offering technical advice to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education for the creation of a Center for Research and Pedagogical Innovation, a project supported by UNICEF.

From Africa to Cuba: Perpetual solidarity

In Namibia to talk about Cuba is to instantly feel affection and respect, curiosity for an island, distant geographically, but close by common history. This is a reality that also extends to all Africa, because to say Cuba means brotherhood. So it is no surprise that Windhoek - the Namibian capital - from today is the site of the V Continental Conference of Solidarity with Cuba.

According to the latest figures offered by the Organizing Committee, 288 participants from countries such as South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso were registered.

The meeting will bring together over a hundred delegates from around 26 countries to discuss their relations with the island and strengthen solidarity. After weeks of preparation by the government and the Cuba-Namibia Friendship Association, the Country Club Hotel's conference room will host the working sessions divided into two commissions. Its central themes will be the fight against the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States and the call for the return of the illegally occupied territory of Guantánamo.

These themes are joined by the links between solidarity movements with Cuba, the use of alternative means to spread the truth and the importance of the legacy of Fidel and Che.

In front of the Cuban delegation is Hero Fernando González, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) that along with the legendary commander Víctor Dreke, comrade of Che decades ago in the guerrilla of the Congo and other members who conform the 20 Cuban representatives.

Under the motto "Intensifying solidarity and continuing the legacy of Fidel and Che", the event will be inaugurated by Namibian President Hage Geingob, whose speech is expected with interest and certainty that it will serve as a basis for enriching the debates. 

The program of the event, until next day 7, will be completed with activities prepared by the Namibian authorities, the Friendship Association, the resident Cubans and the students of the Fidel Castro elementary school.

One of the special features of this meeting is the permanent exhibition in the Country Club halls of 100 photos of Fidel from different stages, made by the solidarity movement in South Africa. Later, the sample will be transferred to the National Library to be admired by the inhabitants of the capital.

Parallel to the preparation of the Conference, the Friendship Association has carried out several activities that have served as a liaison between two friendly peoples. For example, they held film exhibitions in different locations in the capital. In addition they held the "Friendship Carnaval" to expose the customs of Namibians and Cubans.

On the other hand, they made pullovers allusive to the event and to the memory of the Commandant in Chief Fidel Castro, which will be used by the Cuban delegates in the event.

The continental meeting was held prior to Ethiopia and for the organizers the Windhoek event could exceed previous ones by the number of participants.

Press Release: “Cuba extends its most heartfelt condolences on the unfortunate loss of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund.”

New York, 5 June 2017. Cuba extended its most heartfelt condolences on the sudden and unfortunate loss of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, at the segment of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), of the 2017 Annual Session of the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS. Hence, the Caribbean nation joined the statement made by GRULAC and that of the other Regional Representatives in such homage.

Press Release: At Executive Board 2017, Cuba highlights the praiseworthy work of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in our country.

New York, 5 June 2017. At segment of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and 2017 Annual Session of the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS, the Deputy Director of International Economic Bodies at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Carlos Fidel Martín Rodríguez, after joining on behalf of Cuba, GRULAC´s tribute to Dr.

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