While we meet in this room to speak about peace and the promotion of a culture and an environment which contributes to it, the use and the threat of use of force in international relations continues, unconventional warfare activities are conducted and interference with the internal affairs of sovereign States is carried out in order to quench the Empire´s appetites for domination.
Concomitantly, unilateralism prevails. Even amid the challenging conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of unilateral coercive measures, which not only violates the UN Charter and International Law, but also impedes the exercise of the right to development of the countries that suffer their effects, has been heightened.
There can be no peace without sustainable, equitable and inclusive economic and social development. There can be no peace as long as the inequalities resulting from the unjust international economic order, which are the primal causes of conflicts, continue to exacerbate. There can be no peace, nor a culture conducive to peace, if hate speech, racism, xenophobia and ideological intolerance continue to be encouraged; if the issue of human rights is politicized against developing countries; and if disrespect for the indigenous culture, history, idiosyncrasies and diverse religions of the peoples, carries on.
Furthering a culture of peace paves the way for a better, more equitable and sustainable world. This calls for the promotion of multilateralism and the strict observance of the United Nations Charter and the principles of International Law.
Cuba is fully committed to the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, as well as to the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, adopted in 2014 in Havana, within the framework of the 2nd CELAC Summit.
The above proclamation ratifies the purpose of rooting out forever from our region the use and the threat of use of force; as well as advancing the peaceful settlement of disputes and fostering friendly and cooperative relations among Latin American and Caribbean peoples and the latter´s relations with other nations, regardless of their differences.
Cuba knows the value of peace. We have faced, for more than six decades, the hostility of the United States government, its activities of unconventional warfare and subversion against my country, as well as the impacts of the most protracted economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed against any country and intensified during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, for the sole reason of having decided, in a sovereign manner, to build a social model alternative to the dictates of the empire.
Cuba, which, as President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez recently stressed, "has been, is and will always be a country of peace", will not yield to the attempts to sow confusion in our country aiming at causing instability within our nation, discrediting it and justifying the doctrine of regime change.