Rome, May 20th, 2022 - Ambassador Mirta Aurora Granda Averhoff presented to WFP Executive Director, David Beasley, the Letters of Credence that accredits her as Permanent Representative of Cuba to the World Food Programme (WFP).
During a private meeting with the Executive Director, both diplomats ratified the excellent and fruitful relations between WFP and Cuba, as well as the will to continue strengthening them.
The Ambassador highlighted the support received from WFP for national efforts to combat COVID-19, particularly the work of the WFP Representative Office in Havana in managing donations of equipment to preserve the cold chain of vaccines, as well as to increase pre-positioned resources on the island to respond to emergency cases. Ambassador Granda, also mentioned the approval by the Cuban Parlament of the Law on Food Sovereignty and Food and Nutritional Security, which seeks to increase agricultural production and reduce imports to guarantee the population's right to healthy and adequate food, in full accordance with UN principles and the goals of the Agenda 2030.
Granda Averhoff took the opportunity to thank the WFP for its response to the Note of the UN Secretary General regarding Resolution A/RES/75/289 “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba", and explained how this hostile policy has been reinforced under pandemic conditions and how it negatively impacts the development of food systems in the country.
The Ambassador was accompanied by Claudia González Toledo and Gabriela Gámez Granda, members of the Cuban Representation to International Organizations based in Rome.