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Statement by Mr. Frank Diaz Diaz, Chargé d´Affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Cuba, on Section 211 to the WTO Dispute Settlement Body. August 31, 2012

Mr. Chairman,

The summer impasse breaks and once again we hear the traditional status report of the government of the United States of America, which evidences that the DSB's recommendations on Section 211 adopted in 2002 remain unimplemented.More...

Statement by Mr. Jorge Cumberbatch, First Secretary, Representative of Cuba to the Economic and Social Council Agenda Item 7: “Coordination, Programme and other Questions”. New York, 23 July 2012.

Mr. President,

First and foremost, my delegation wishes to thank Ambassador Erick Franck Sainzonou from Benin, President of the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), for leading the work of such an important organ, since the regional group that was to assume that position did not present any candidate under such important circumstances. More...

Statement by Ambassador Oscar León González, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, at the ECOSOC  Substantive Session on Operational Activities for Development

Mr. President,

My delegation associates itself with the statements made by the distinguished representatives of Algeria and Chile on behalf of the G-77 and China as well as CELAC respectively. More...

Statement by Mrs. Nancy Madrigal Muñoz, Counselor and Chargé d’ Affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Cuba, on Section 211 to the WTO Dispute Settlement Body. July 23rd, 2012

Mr. Chairman,

Cuba recognizes that, after 10 years of non-compliance of the DSB’s recommendations by the United States on “Section 211 of the Omnibus Appropriation Act of 1998”, there is a risk that that Member assumes that its obligations have been diluted in time. More...

Statement by Mr. Juan Antonio Quintanilla Román, representative of Cuba, on behalf of the Group of the Non-Aligned Movement and other States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention. 2012 Meeting of Experts. 18th July 2012.

Mr. Chairman:

The NAM and Other States Parties note that various issues related to national implementation have been discussed at length during the Review Conferences as well as in the last two inter-sessional periods. We believe that it is useful for States Parties to learn from each other by sharing national experieces in the implementation of the Convention and to, collectively think about ways and means to enhance national implementation, including through regional and sub-regional cooperation. More...

Statement by Mr. Juan Antonio Quintanilla Román, representative of Cuba, on behalf of the Group of the Non-Aligned Movement and other States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention. 2012 Meeting of Experts. 17th July 2012.

Mr. Chairman:

The NAM and Other States Parties to the BWC welcome the discussions on S&T developments as part of a standing agenda of the current inter-sessional program, as the review of S&T developments is mandated by Article XII of the BWC. More...

Statement by Mr. Juan Antonio Quintanilla Román, representative of Cuba, on behalf of the Group of the Non-Aligned Movement and other states parties to the BWC. 2012 Meeting of Experts. 16th July 2012.

Agenda item 5: Cooperation and Assistance

Mr. Chairman:

The NAM and Other States Parties to the BWC welcome the decision of the Seventh Review Conference to include cooperation and assistance as one of the standing agenda items in this inter-sessional process. The particular focus of this agenda item is strengthening the implementation of Article X of the Convention, which has been a priority for the Group for a long time. More...

Statement by Mr. Juan Antonio Quintanilla Román, representative of Cuba, on behalf of the Group of the Non-Aligned Movement and other states parties to the BWC. Opening statement. 2012 Meeting of Experts. 16th July 2012.

Mr. Chairman,

I have the honor to speak on behalf of the States Parties of the Non-Aligned Movement and other States Parties to the Convention. We are pleased to see a fellow NAM member presiding over the first meetings of the BWC in the new inter-sessional process. We are confident that with you and your delegation’s diplomatic skills and ability we will be able to take forward the work of the Convention. More...

Statement by Ambassador Rodolfo Benitez Verson, Representative of Cuba to the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty. New York, 5 July 2012.

Mr. President,

We are in a complex and extremely ambitious Conference. There is no precedent, in at least many years, for all UN Member States to be gathered to negotiate and adopt by consensus, in only 4 weeks, a legally-binding instrument on armaments; and all that without having a single core document. More...

Statement by Ambassador Pedro Nuñez Mosquera, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, on the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy Review. New York, 28 June 2012.

Mr. President,

Cuba decisively supports the collective efforts of the United Nations in fighting terrorism. The UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy constitutes a milestone in the international fight against this scourge, and grants the General Assembly the primary role in these efforts. More...

Statement by Ambassador Pedro Núñez Mosquera, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, at the ECOSOC High-level Segment on the theme “Promoting productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth for achieving the Millennium Development Goals”. New York, 3 July 2012.

Mr. President,

My delegation endorses the statements made by the representative of Algeria on behalf of the G-77, and the representative of Chile on behalf of CELAC. More...

Statement by Ambassador Oscar León González, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, at the ECOSOC High-level Segment on the National Voluntary Presentation of the Russian Federation relative to the 2012 Annual Ministerial Review in ECOSOC. New York, 2 July 2012.

Mr. President,

The delegation of Cuba wishes to thank the Russian Federation for its National Voluntary Presentation on the theme “Promoting productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth at all levels for achieving the Millennium Development Goals”. More...

Statement by Nancy Madrigal Muñoz, Counselor of the Permanent Mission of Cuba, on Section 211 to the WTO Dispute Settlement Body. June 2012

Mr. President,

Recent events in the United States under the "Section 211 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 1998" are not encouraging and only confirm the total violation and failure of this country to comply with the DSB rulings and recommendations regarding this case. More...

President Raúl Castro Arrives to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

HAVANA, June 20, 2012.- Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers,  arrived to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, heading a delegation that will participate at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20, this June 20-22, in this Brazilian city. More...

President Raúl Castro Heads Delegation to Rio+20

HAVANA, June 20, 2012.- Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers,  heads a delegation that will participate at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20, this June 20-22, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More...

NGOs Protect the Environment in Cuba, Rio + 20 Report

Havana, June 18, 2012.-  A total 1022 Non-governmental organizations and associations are currently registered in Cuba, many of which are promoting environmental protection,  according to the Cuban report to the Rio plus 20 UN Conference. More...

Statement by Ambassador Oscar León González, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba, to the Special Committee on Decolonization, on the Question of Western Sahara. New York, 15 June 2012.

Mr. Chairman,

For over 40 years, the people of Western Sahara have been struggling for their right to self-determination, enshrined in UN General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV). More...

Statement by Ambassador Pedro Núñez Mosquera, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the UN Special Committee on Decolonization, on the Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). 14 June 2012.
Mr. Chairman,
On behalf of the Cuban delegation, I would like to welcome the participation in this meeting of H.E. Mrs. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of the sister Argentine Republic. Her presence in this session of the Committee on Decolonization and her excellent and thorough statement evidence the relevant work of this Committee concerning the issue at hand today. More...

Statement by the Cuban Delegation at the 17th Session of the High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation. New York, May 2012

Mr. Chairman,

I wish to begin my statement by congratulating H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations, for his hard work in leading the Committee in the last period. I also welcome the election of Ambassador John Ash as Chairman of this 17th Session of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, as well as the election of the rest of the Bureau. More...

Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister Attends NAM Ministerial Meeting in Egypt

EGYPT, May 9, 2012.- Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla is heading the Cuban delegation to the ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Coordinating Bureau, which opened in Sharm El-Sheikh on Wednesday. More...

Cuba Reelected to the Presidency of UNESCO´s CIGEPS

FRANCE, April 27, 2012.- During the meeting held by members of GRULAC with the Deputy General Director of UNESCO for Social and Humanity Sciences, Pilar Alvarez-Laso, it was informe don the results of the meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS), held in Lausanne, during which Cuba was reelected President of said committee. More...

Cuba Defends UNCTAD´s Strengthening and Role on Preservation of Third World Countries´ Right to Development

QATAR, April 25, 2012.- Cuban Ambassador to International Organizations in Geneva, Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, also Head of the Cuban delegation to the XIII United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, addressed the General Plenary and made a call to achieve an open, transparent and equal international monetary and financial   system based on rules, which is predictable, not discriminatory and oriented towards development. More...

Cuba Denounces United States Violations to Cuban Intellectual Property Rights

GENEVA, April 25, 2012.- As every month during more than a decade, Cuba denounced yesterday before the World Trade Organization Disputes Settlement Body, the non-compliance by the United States of the resolutions and recommendations  issued by this Body, since February, 2002, which states the incompatibility of Section 211 of the FY 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Act with the accords on Legal Aspects of Intellectual Property Relating to Trade (ADPIC) and Paris Covenant. More...

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Meets with Spouse of Cuban Five Hero

GENEVA, March 5th, 2012.- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Navenethem Pillay, met this morning with Adriana Pérez O´Connor, spouse of Gerardo Hernández, who expressed that the legal resources to make justice are all exhausted. After 14 years of imprisonment, Adriana appealed for a humanitarian gesture that would requiere the ethical and political will of the United States Government. More...

Statement by H.E. Mr. Abelardo Moreno, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cuba, in the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council. Geneva, 1 March, 2012

Madame Chairperson,
The conceptual development of human rights has enormously advanced, but very little has been done in ensuring their genuine exercise. We have turned the subject into one of the pillars of the United Nations, next to development, peace and international security. Nevertheless, it is one of the areas that have paid the greatest costs due to ideological manipulation, political hypocrisy and the double standard of developed countries.

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Statement by Mr. Juan Antonio Fernandez Palacios, Head of the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO, at the Meeting of National Commissions at the 189th session of the Executive Board of UNESCO

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to thank the Division for External Relations and Public Information and particularly its Section for National Commissions the organization of this meeting and the Agenda that has been presented to us, which I consider appropriate and relevant for National Commissions interests. More...

Statement by Mrs. Nancy Madrigal Muñoz, Counselor of the Permanent Mission of Cuba, on Section 211 to the WTO Dispute Settlement Body

February 22nd, 2012

Madam Chair,

Last February 2nd marked 10 years since this Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) ruled the incompatibility of “Section 211 of the Omnibus Appropriation Act of 1998” with the TRIPS Agreement and the Paris Convention. More...

UNESCO  Deputy Director General, Qian Tang, Arrives to Cuba

HAVANA,  February 16, 2012.- During last night, February 15, Qian Tang, Deputy Director General of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), arrived to our country to participate at the 8th Congress on Higher Education “Universidad 2012”. More...

Cuba Ambassador Meets with UNESCO Deputy Director General for Education

FRANCE, January 24, 2012.- The Cuban Ambassador to UNESCO, María de los Ángeles Florez, met with Qian Tang, Deputy Director General for Education, who confirmed his attendance to University 2012, following an invitation by the Cuban Minister of Higher Education, Miguel Díaz Canel. More...

UNESCO´s Deputy Director General to Visit Cuba

HAVANA,  January 23, 2012.- Qian Tang, Deputy Director General of UNESCO for the Education, will visit our country invited by the Ministry of Higher Education to participate at the University 2012 Congress. More...

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez on Section 211 to the WTO
Dispute Settlement Body

Geneva, January 20, 2012

Madame Chair,

The first meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) this year begins with several cases pending of implementation of the recommendations and resolutions adopted by the DSB, as reflected in the annual report published by the Secretariat last November 17. In particular, the United States closed the year 2011 with the failure to comply with six disputes already settled by this Body. More...

UNESCO Director General Sends Congratulatory Message to the authorities and people of Cuba

HAVANA, January, 4, 2012.- UNESCO  Director General sent a congratulatory message to the authorities and people of Cuba, forwarded by the Deputy Director General for Foreign Affairs and Public Information, Sr. Eric Falt, for the celebration of January 1st, Cuba´s national holiday. More...

Statement by H.E. Mrs. Norma Goicochea, Ambassador, Member of the Cuban Delegation to the Fifth Committee. Main Part of the 66th Session of the General Assembly. Agenda Item 134: “Proposed Programme Budget for the Biennium 2012-2013”. Special Political Missions. New York, 9 December 2011.
Mr. President,

My delegation has carefully studied the proposed budget of the Secretary-General for the next biennium for special political missions, as well as the related report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions. More...

Statement of Cuba on behalf of the Nam and China in 16 Conference of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons

NETHERLANDS, December 9, 2011.- The Ambassador of Cuba Zelmys Maria Domínguez Cortina delivered a speech on behalf of the Member States of the NAM that  are States Parties to the Convention on Chemical Weapons and China, on 28 November, in the Hague, Netherlands, during the 16 Conference of States Parties of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons. More...

Rejection against Maneuvers around Kyoto Protocol in Durban

DURBAN,  SOUTH AFRICA,  November 30, 2011.- Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador and other countries on Wednesday rejected pressures from industrialized nations to enjoy the carbon market, even when it blocks a second period for the commitments of the Kyoto Protocol. More...

Statement by H.E. Mr. Abelardo Moreno, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, at the High-Level  Meeting of the General Assembly on Addressing Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought in the Context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication. New York, 20 September 2011

Mr. President,

First and foremost, allow me to stress the importance of this High-level Meeting. Desertification is a global problem directly threatening over 250 million people and one third of the world’s land surface. Nearly 4 billion hectares of farmlands have lost their productive capacity. The survival of virtually one billion people in more than a hundred countries, who depend on farmlands to meet most of their basic needs, is at risk. They are usually the poorest of the planet. More...

UNICEF  Highlights Cuba´s Protection to Children´s Rights
HAVANA, November 21, 2011.- UNICEF  representative in Havana,  José Juan Ortiz, highlighted Cuba´s political will to protect children which as an example to the world.
The official explained to the press that since the Revolution in 1959, the Cuban State dedicated efforts to the development of  children, even before the United Nations  General Assembly  adopted he Convention on the Children Rights, on November 20, 1989. More...

Online Debate on Climate Changes Celebrated

HAVANA,  November 18, 2011.- The online debate “Science and politics in the future of climate negotiations towards Durban” was held this morning at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with participation from all over the world. More...

Cuba Denounces Double Standard on Disarmament

GENEVA, November 16, 2011.- The Cuban delegation to the Fourth Review Conference of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons, intervened at the general debate to ratify Cuba´s willingness to collaborate with the Disarmament and the International Humanitarian Right. More...

UNESCO General Conference concludes with Appeal to its Director General to Safe the Organization

PARIS, November 11, 2011.- The XXXVI General Conference of UNESCO ended yesterday night with a strong appeal to its Director General to safe the Organization amid the serious financial crisis affecting this UN organism after the United States decided to cut its financial funding. More...

Speech Delivered by Mr. Miguel Diaz-Canel, Minister of Higher Education of Cuba in the 36th General Conference of UNESCO, Paris, 27th October 2011

Dear Director General,
Dear President of the General Conference,
The world is outraged. People rebel against the injustices and empty promises. They are indignant by the accumulated frustrations and lack of hope. They rebel against a devastating system that no longer can continue deceiving with a fake human face. More...

Cuba Reelected Member of UNESCO Executive Board

HAVANA, Cuba, November 2, 2011.- The Cuban ambassador to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Maria de los Angeles Florez, announced Wednesday the reelection of Cuba as member of the Executive Board of the international entity. More...

Director of UNESCO Highlights Cuba´s Literacy Method

FRANCE,  October 28, 2011.- The Director General of   UNESCO, Irina Bokova, highlighted the importance and value of the Cuban literacy method “Yes, I can” at a meeting with Cuban Minister of Higher Education, Miguel Díaz Canel. More...

Statement by Mrs. Nancy Madrigal Muñoz, Counselor of the permanent mission of Cuba, on section 211 of the WTO’S dispute settlement body (DSB). Geneva, 25 October 2011

Mrs. Chairwoman,

The status report number 107 on the implementation of the DSB’S recommendations and rulings with regard to “Article 211 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 1998”, which the United States just presented, has kept invariable since 2002. The only noticeable change –this year from February on– limits even more the exercise of openness and accountability that should characterize the regular sessions of this Body. It has been removed the single paragraph that, although brief and repetitive, marked the sessions of the U.S. Legislatures of the Congress in which the alleged legislative proposals were supposed to be tackled to comply with the DSB ruling on this dispute. More...

Cuba Method “Yo Si Puedo” Highlighted by Belarus at UNESCO Executive Council

FRANCE, September 28, 2011.- During the 187 meeting of the Executive Council of UNESCO, Belarus representative highlighted the Cuban method “Yo si Puedo” stating it constitutes a clear example of cooperation South-South, something that other countries can do to eradicate illiteracy. More...

Workshop “Cultural Heritage and Afro Descendant Communities in Latin America” Celebrated in Havana

HAVANA, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011.- Last September 20, 2011, the Workshop “Cultural Heritage and afro descendant communities in Latin America”  was inaugurated at the San Geronimo University in Havana. More...

UNICEF: Cuba is the only country in Latin America without child malnutrition

HAVANA, September 21, 2011.- The last report of United Nations Children´s Fund (UNICEF) entitled Child Development, a Balance on Nutrition, determined there are 146 million children 5 year  of age or less with grave malnutrition problems. More...

Cuba´s labor as President of UN Disarmament Conference Highlighted

GENEVA, September 19, 2011.-  With the adoption of the report  about the work of the Disarmament Conference during 2011, Cuba ended its presidency  of said multilateral organization. More...

Cuba Demands US Lifting of Blockade, Requests Support   

HAVANA, Cuba, September 14, 2011. - Cuba demanded on Wednesday the lifting of the US blockade and requested support from the international community to the draft resolution on the issue that will be subject to vote at the UN in October. More...

Cuba Seeks to Revitalize World Disarmament Conference

CUBA, August 30, 2011.- Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno has affirmed that Cuba wants to revitalize the United Nations World Disarmament Conference to prevent a climate disaster that would be caused by a nuclear conflict. More...

Cuba Statement at First Anniversary of the Adoption of the Human Right To Water and Sanitation

Statement by Ambassador Rodolfo Benitez Verson, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of Cuba to the United Nations, at the General Assembly Plenary Meeting, on the First Anniversary of the Adoption of the Human Right To Water and Sanitation. New York, 27 July 2011.New York, 27 July 2011.
Mr. President,
Cuba welcomes the participation in this debate of the dear comrade Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. We fully associate ourselves with his statement and we thank him for the leadership of his country in matters of highest importance for the international community, as the one we discuss today. More...

Statement by Ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of Cuba to the United Nations, at the General Assembly Plenary Meeting on the Follow-Up to the High Level Meeting: Revitalizing the Work of the Conference on Disarmament and Taking Forward Multilateral Disarmament Negotiations. New York, 27 June 2011.

Mr. President,
Cuba reaffirms the importance of promote multilateralism, as the core principle of negotiations in the area of disarmament.
Multilaterally agreed solutions, in accordance with the UN Charter, provide the only sustainable method of addressing disarmament and international security issues. More...

Cuba addresses the High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on Youth

Statement by Ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of Cuba to the United Nations, at the High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on Youth. New York, 26 July 2011

Mr. President,

When we meet to address the topic of youth, we meet to talk about the future of humankind and the planet.

But youth is not only the future; they are also the present. That is why we must act without further delay to face the serious problems and challenges faced by the global youth. More...

Statement by Ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, Chargé d’Affaires of Cuba to the United Nations, at the Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East Including the Question of Palestine.

New York, 26 July 2011

Mr. President,

Cuba associates itself with the statement by the representative of Egypt on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.

The situation in the Middle East, particularly in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, remains alarming. More...

Statement by Ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of Cuba to the United Nations, at the Security Council Thematic Debate on Climate Change and Security. New York, 20 July 2011

Mr. President,

Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most serious and imminent dangers faced by humankind for its survival. 

Paradoxically, the States most affected and in the worst conditions to adapt to the negative consequences of climate change, mainly the small island developing States and the African nations, are the less responsible for the problem. More...

Cuba Reiterates at UNGA Interactive Debate Outstanding Questions on RTP

Statement by Ambassador Rodolfo Benítez, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba, at the UNGA Interactive Debate on the Responsibility to Protect, 1 July 2011. More...

Statement by Ambassador Rodolfo Benitez Verson, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba, at the General Assembly Thematic Debate on Global Governance. New York, 28 June 2011.
Mr. President,
The delegation of Cuba deems necessary to emphasize some aspects we consider to be key in the context of Global Governance:
1. Never before, the world was so unequal and inequalities so deep. Common challenges are serious and numerous. The current global order is unsustainable. The myth of a market able to correct its own financial flaws by itself vanished a long time ago. In order to survive, the human society will have to reorganize itself. More...

Statement by Ambassador Pedro Nuñez Mosquera, Permanent Representative of Cuba, to the UN Special Committee on Decolonization, on the item: the Question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). New York, 21 June 2011.
Mr. Chairman,
On behalf of the Cuban delegation, I would like to welcome the participation in this session of H.E. Mr. Héctor Timerman, Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of the sister nation of the Argentine Republic, and his accompanying delegation. More...

Statement by the Permanent Representative of Cuba, Ambassador Pedro Núñez Mosquera, to the Special Committee on Decolonization, at the Presentation of the Draft Resolution on the Question of Puerto Rico, contained in document A/AC.109/2011/l.6 New York, 20 June 2011.

Mr. Chairman,

On behalf of Cuba, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, I have the honor to present to the Special Committee the draft resolution on the question of Puerto Rico contained in document A/AC.109/2011/L.6. More...

Cuba Achieves Improvements in Human Development Report

CUBA, 20 June 2011.- The decision of putting into practice a proposal made by Cuba aimed at improving the quality, credibility, precision and transparency of the Human Development Report (HDR), was welcomed by the island. More...

STATEMENT BY THE CUBAN REPRESENTATIVE Mrs. REBECA HERNÁNDEZ TOLEDANO, FIRST SECRETARY, AT THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON DECOLONIZATION, ON AGENDA ITEM: THE QUESTION OF WESTERN SAHARA. New York, 13 June 2011.

Mr. Chairman,

For 40 years, the people of Western Sahara have fought for its right to self-determination, a right that has been enshrined in General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV). More...

Importance of the Non Aligned Movement
By Néstor Núñez
The Movement of Non Aligned Nations has commemorated half a century of
existence. More...

Statement delivered by the Delegation of Cuba to UNESCO, at the launching of the publication “Freedom of Connection-Freedom of Expression: The Changing Legal and Regulatory Ecology Shaping Internet”

The delegation of Cuba acknowledges the ongoing efforts of UNESCO Communication and Information Sector to follow-up the 185th Executive Board meeting’s call with regard to the reflection on the Internet and in this context, would like to thank Professor Dutton for his presentation at the launching of the publication “Freedom of Connection-Freedom of Expression: The Changing Legal and Regulatory Ecology Shaping Internet”. More...

Non-Aligned Movement Recognizes Palestine, Promotes UN Membership

By Ed Newman
INDONESIA, May 26, 2011.- The Palestine Committee of the Movement of Non-Aligned Nations has decided to implement a plan of action to recognize Palestine as a State and promote its membership in the United Nations. More...

NAM: Lat Am, Caribbean Defend Multilateralism

CUBA, 26 May 2011.- Latin America and the Caribbean insisted on Wednesday on the need to achieve a world order based on multilateralism and respect for the principles of non-intervention and non-interference in the domestic affairs of states. More...

NAM Condemns Terrorism       

By Lourdes chang    
INDONESIA, May 24, 2011.- The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is preparing to condemn terrorism in any shape, according to excerpts of the project of the final declaration of its 16th Ministerial Meeting. More...

NAM Meeting Backs Up Cuban Proposal against Disarmament

CUBA, May 23, 2011.- The 16th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), underway since Monday in Bali, Indonesia, passed a proposal by Cuba for putting into practice actions against nuclear disarmament. More...

WHO, NAM Ministers Talk in Geneva       

By Estela McCollin    
GINEBRA, May 20, 2011.- Some 100 health ministers of the Non Aligned Movement held talks with Margaret Chang, director general of the World Health Organization, during the WHO's 64th General Assembly. More...

Statement by ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba, at the tenth session of the un permanent forum on indigenous issues, under item 4a) Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. New York, 18 May 2011.

Mr. Chairman,
For too long, the voice of indigenous peoples was silenced at the international level by the darkness of intolerance and oblivion.
When in the 1920s, Native Americans addressed the League of Nations, they were received with indifference. The same situation continued for many years, even after the creation of the United Nations Organization. More...

Cuba Advocates People’s Right to Health Care at International Forum

By Juan Leandro
CUBA, May 18, 2011.- Cuba’s deputy minister of Public Health, José Angel Portal, said that the Caribbean nation advocates the preservation of health as a basic right of all human beings and denounced that many people have limited access to health care services at the 64th General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) held in Geneva. More...

Cuba in Geneva: Health is a Basic Human Right       

By Ileana Ferrer Fonte    
GENEVA, May 18, 2011.- Cuba on Wednesday defended health care as a basic human right and expressed concern for the financial, food, energy and environmental crisis gripping the world.More...

Cuba echoed its position in the war against terrorism

By Juan Leandro
CUBA, May 17th (ACN-RHC) Cuba reiterated its position to cooperate with any country, even the U.S. in preventing and confronting international terrorism, with mutual respect and sovereignty. When speaking at a UN session, Cuban permanent representative at the United Nations, Pedro Nuñez, ratified the Cuban repudiation to all terrorist acts, methods and practices. More...

Cuba at UN Reiterates Willingness to Combat Terrorism  

UNITED NATIONS, May 16, 2011.-  Cuba at the UN reiterated its willingness to cooperate with any country, including the United States, in preventing and fighting international terrorism, on the basis of mutual respect and sovereign equality. More...

Statement by Ambassador Rodolfo Benitez Verson, Charge d’Affaires of Cuba, at the General Debate of the UN Committee on Information. New York, 27 April 2011.

Mr. Chairman,

On behalf of the Cuban delegation, I congratulate you and the rest of the Bureau on your election. 

Cuba fully supports the statement by Argentina on behalf of the Group of 77 and China and  Chile on behalf of the Rio Group.  More...

STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR RODOLFO BENÍTEZ VERSON, DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF CUBA, AT THE CLOSING SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS DISARMAMENT COMMISSION. New York, 21 April 2011.

Mr. Chairman,

We fully support the statement by Indonesia on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Cuba regrets that the Disarmament Commission, for the twelfth consecutive time, has concluded again their works without the adoption of substantive recommendations.

Statement by Ambassador Pedro Núñez Mosquera, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, at the Security Council open debate on “The situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine”. New York, 21 April 2011.

Mr. President,

Cuba supports the statement made by the representative of Egypt on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement. More...

Cuba Reiterates at the UN Stance in Favor of Nuclear Disarmament

CUBA, April 21, 2011.- Cuba presented at the UN the initiative of an International Convention that allows for the elimination of nuclear weapons in a period no longer than 25 years and forbids them for good. More...

Cuba Advocates the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

CUBA, 6 April 2011.- Cuba’s Representative to the United Nations said in New York nuclear weapons must be completely eliminated and that the international organization should give more priority to disarmament. More...

STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR RODOLFO BENITEZ VERSON, DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF CUBA, AT THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE UNITED NATIONS DISARMAMENT COMMISSION. New York, 5 April 2011.

Mr. Chairman,
On behalf of the Cuban delegation, I congratulate you and the rest of the Bureau on your election to lead the work of this session of the Disarmament Commission.
Cuba fully supports the statements by Indonesia on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, and by Chile on behalf of the Rio Group. More...

Statement by the Permanent Representative of Cuba in Geneva, Ambassador Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, in the general debate on Agenda Item 10 of the 16th session of the Human Rights Council. Geneva, 23 March 2011.

Actions aimed at imposing the treatment of the so-called Responsibility to Protect to the Human Rights Council are counterproductive and would only serve the interests of those supporting the confrontation, political manipulation and even military aggression. More...

G-77 Members and China Extol Cuba’s Leadership

CUBA, March 17, 2011.- Members of the Group of 77 and China recognized Cuba’s work as president of the coalition in the ceremony for the transfer of power held Thursday in Geneva. More...

FAO Representative Praises Food Security in Cuba

CUBA, March 10, 2011.- The representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Cuba, Brazilian Marcio Porto, said that the Cuban State guarantees and promotes efforts to strengthen sustainable food security to its people. More...

Press release on the occasion of the International Women’s Day

Women in the face of current challenges

Today, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, Cuba reiterates its firm commitment to the full participation of women in all realms of society. More...

Cuba Defends UN General Assembly’s Role as Main Forum to Discuss Economic and Financial Matters

CUBA, March 5, 2011.- Cuba defended the role of the UN General Assembly as the main international forum to discuss economic and financial issues. More...

Statement by Yadira Ledesma Hernandez, representative of Cuba, at the second session of the preparatory committee for the United Nations conference on the arms trade treaty. Agenda item: principles of a future arms trade treaty. New York, 4 March 2011.

Mr. Chairman,

Cuba reiterates its appreciation for the efforts made by you and all delegations, motivated by the objective of achieving a legally-binding instrument that shall be focused on preventing and combating illicit arms trade. More...

Statement by ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, deputy premanent representative of Cuba, at the second session of the United Nations conference on the arms trade treaty. item: new documents presented by the chairman of the preparatory committee on 3 march. New York, 3 March 2011.

Mr. Chairman,

There have been three days of discussions on three basic components of a potential future Arms Trade Treaty: Scope, Criteria and Parameters, and International Cooperation and Assistance.

Our exchanges of ideas have clearly shown there are many important different positions among delegations. More...

Cuba Laments that Advances for Increased Equality Do Not Meet International Expectations

CUBA, March 3rd, 2011.- Cuban representative expressed appreciation for the International Year of Afro-Descendants before the Human Rights council of the United Nations, but also lamented the advances are far from the expectations established at the Durban Conference ten years ago. More...

Statement by ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, deputy permanent representative of Cuba, at the second session of the preparatory committee for the United Nations conference on the arms trade treaty: criteria and parameters of the future arms trade treaty. New York, 1 March 2011.

Mr. Chairman,

First and foremost, I would like to reiterate that, as we expressed yesterday, Cuba believes the Criteria and Parameters of the Future Arms Trade Treaty are closely related to the rest of the Treaty’s provisions. Therefore, it is very difficult to reach separate conclusions on the issue of Criteria and Parameters. We hope that we may be able to review, in a timely manner, the various aspects of the Treaty in their actual interaction. More...

UNESCO Recognizes Cuba’s Efforts on the Education Sector

CUBA, March 1st, 20111.-  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized Cuba’s efforts to prioritize the education sector. More...

Statement by Ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, deputy permanent representative of Cuba, at the second session of the preparatory committee for the United Nations conference on the arms trade treaty. Agenda item: scope of a future arms trade treaty. New York, 28 February 2011

Mr. Chairman,

First and foremost, allow me to express Cuba’s satisfaction at having you again as Chairman of this Preparatory Committee.

We appreciate your efforts in the drafting of the three working papers that have been informally sent to us some days ago. More...

Cuba Named Vice President of UN Decolonization Committee

CUBA, February 24th, 2011.- Cuba was elected Thursday vice president of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, also known as the Committee of the 24, exclusively in charge of promoting a decolonization agenda. More...

Statement by the representative of Cuba, first secretary Rebecca Hernandez Toledano, at the general debate of the 2011 substantive session of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations. New York, 23 February 2011.

Madam Chairman,

Cuba associates itself with the statements made at this debate by the representative of Morocco on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, and by the representative of Chile on behalf of the Rio Group.
We thank the Secretary-General for the presentation of the Report contained in document A/65/680 and its supplemental matrix contained in document A/65/680/Add.1. More...

Statement by the Cuban delegation at the debate on disaster risk reduction. New York, 9 February 2011.

Mr. Chairman,

Disasters are on the rise at the global level. Due to the concern of the international community in the face of this reality, the 1990s was designated as the “International Decade for Natural Disasters Reduction”. We have no choice but to go from the simple response to these disasters to their reduction. More...

Statement by ambassador Rodolfo Benitez Verson, Deputy Permanent representative of Cuba. Agenda Item 3: Follow-up to the World Summit for social development and the 24TH special session of the General Assembly: Priority Theme: poverty eradication. Commission for social development (49TH session). New York, 9 February 2011.

Mr. Chairman,
Allow me to congratulate you and the rest of the Bureau, and to express our support to the statements by Yemen on behalf of the G-77, as well as by Chile on behalf of the Rio Group. More...

United Nations to Assist Cuba in Preserving Agricultural Biodiversity

CUBA, February 7th, 2011.- Experts from the United Nations are presenting a project to contribute to the preservation of agricultural biodiversity in the six Cuban Biosphere Reserves. The project is being presented today in Havana. One of the goals of the meeting at the Hotel Chateau Miramar is to offer technical-scientific support to guarantee the preservation and the sustainable use of traditional genetic resources of the Cuban heritage. More...

Director General of UNESCO Sends Congratulations to Alicia Alonso

CUBA, February 7th, 2011.- The Director General of the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Bulgarian Irina Bokova sent a congratulations message to prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso for her 90 birthday and her work as an artist and founder of the Cuban National Ballet. More...

UN Approves Cuban Human Development Report Proposal

UNITED NATIONS, February 4 TH, 2011.- The United Nations today approved a proposal by Cuba to improve the quality, credibility, accuracy and transparency of the Human Development Report (HDR), which prepares the agenda of the UN Development Program (UNDP). More...

UNDP-UNFPA adopts important decision on the Human Development Report

Press release

Yesterday, the UNDP-UNFPA Executive Board adopted by consensus an important Decision, proposed by Cuba, concerning the Human Development Report (HDR) that is prepared under the mandate of the United Nations Development Programme. More...

Draft decision on the human development report

Item --------------------------  Human Development Report

2011
The Executive Board,

Recalling General Assembly resolution 57/264 on the Human Development Report;

Also recalling General Assembly resolution 62/208 on the triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system. More...

UN Expert Lauds Human Development in Cuba

CUBA, January 31st, 2011.- Susan Scheegans, expert with the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), asserted on Monday in this capital that human development in Cuba is commendable and deserves a study of special interest. More...

Cuba Accuses U.S. of Violating Trade Norms

CUBA, January 29th, 2011.- Cuba and other 12 delegations including the European Union bloc called upon the United States to comply with the resolutions and recommendations made by the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO). More...

Statement of Ambassador María de los Angeles Flórez, Permanent Delegate of Cuba to UNESCO

Symposium on Freedom of Expression (26th January 2011)

Cuba is astonished by the invitation of Reporters Without Borders to speak about the Status of Press Freedom Worldwide at UNESCO House. More...

Statement of the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO related to the  International Symposium on Freedom of Expression organized by UNESCO on January 26: Response to the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO.

We have known with surprise and no little displeasure the hasty call for January 26th, 2011 of what has been termed "International Symposium on Freedom of Expression" that under the auspices and financing of the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO and the Government of that country, is organized by UNESCO in its Paris Headquarters. More...

UNESCO Regional Office to be Awarded in Cuba       

CUBA, January 10th, 2011.- The UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean was awarded the Fernando Ortiz award by the foundation of the same name, which preserves the legacy of the late Cuban anthropologist. More...

Cuba’s contribution on Measuring the impact of ICT for Development.

The development of the Information and communications technologies provides tremendous opportunities, but also significant challenges to developing countries. More...

Second International Colloquium José Martí: FOR A CULTURE OF NATURE

SECOND CALLING / MARCH 2009
The Second International Colloquium José Martí: FOR A CULTURE OF NATURE will be celebrated at the International Conference Center of Havana on June 9-11, 2010 and has as central purpose to reiterate in an urgent way the need to study in depth themes that are essential to the survival of the Planet, favoring the welfare of mankind, preserving the environment and contributing to a sustainable peace, progress and development. More...

Statement by the delegation of the Republic of Cuba, at the adoption of resolution on “Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions”. 65th UNGA. Plenary of the General Assembly. New York, 21 December 2010

Mr. President,

In relation to draft resolution on “Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions” that has been adopted some minutes ago, my delegation wishes to make the following statemen. More...

Cuba Calls on United Nations to Listen to Demands from Youth of the World

CUBA, 22th, December 2010.-  Cuba called on the international community before the United Nations to listen to the demands of the world youth movement to work towards achieving a nuclear-free planet. More...

World Festival of Youth and Students for a better world

PRESS RELEASE

The 17th World Festival of Youth and Students has just concluded in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, and gathered more than 15 thousand youths from all over the world who fight to change the reality they live in and continue to commit themselves to a more just, human and equitable better world. More...

Statement by Rodolfo Reyes Rodriguez, ambassador of the permanent mission of Cuba, on section 211 of the wto’s dispute settlement body (DSB), 17 December 2010

Mr. Chairman,

We have reviewed the brief status report submitted by the United States of America about this dispute and we see that it is exactly the same presented in January 2010. Nothing has changed with the course of this year, as nothing has happened in nearly a decade we have been forced to denounce the disdain of the world’s largest economy to the international law. More...

Statement by Loipa Sanchez Lorenzo, Minister-Councellor, representative of Cuba to the fifth committee main part of the 65th session of the General Assembly. Agenda item 128: review of the efficiency of the administrative and financial functioning of the united nations proposed programme budget outline for the biennium 2012-2013. New York, 15 December 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

My delegation thanks Controller Mr. Jun Yamazaki and the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, Mrs. Susan McLurg, for the presentation of the reports A/65/560 and Corr.1 and A/65/611. We would like to express our concern over the late presentation of this information, which cannot be justified. More...

Statement by Loipa Sanchez Lorenzo, Minister-Counsellor, representative of Cuba to the 5th committee. Main part of the 65th session of the General Assembly. Agenda item 129: programme budget for the biennium 2010-2011: first performance report on the programme budget for the biennium 2010-2011.
New York, 13 December 2010

Mr. Chairman,

My delegation thanks the Controller Mr. Jun Yamazaki and the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, Mrs. Susan McLurg, for the presentation of their respective reports. It likewise regrets this topic was officially presented before the Fifth Committee so late in the works of the 65th session, bearing in mind the importance of these documents for the budgetary process ahead. More...

“Fostering International Cooperation in the field of chemistry for purposes not prohibited by the Chemical Weapons Convention – an urgent need for the balanced implementation of the Convention, now and in the future. “

I. Background

1. Article XI on “Economic and Technological Development” of the Chemical Weapons Convention (hereinafter referred to as the Convention, or the CWC) states that:

1.  The provisions of this Convention shall be implemented in a manner which avoids hampering the economic or technological development of States Parties, and international cooperation in the field of chemical activities for purposes not prohibited under this Convention including the international exchange of scientific and technical information and chemicals and equipment for the production, processing or use of chemicals for purposes not prohibited under this Convention. More...

Parallel Forum to COP 16 Adopts the Cancun Declaration

MEXICO, December 11th, 2010.- The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, closed the Global Forum of the organizations of Via Campesina for Life, Environmental and Social Justice, which concluded with the adoption of the Declaration of Cancun. More...

UN Climate Change Conference Concludes in Cancun

MEXICO, December 11, 2010.-  United Nations talks in Cancun have concluded without a viable solution to curb climate change. Many observers say a compromise text drawn up by Mexico falls far too short of effectively dealing with the present danger. More...

Statement by Ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, deputy permanent representative of Cuba to the United Nations, on agenda item 116: “follow-up to the commemoration of the two-hundred anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade”. New York, 9 December 2010

Mr. Chairman,
Slavery is one of the biggest human tragedies ever known.
The consequences of oppression, violence, and socio-cultural damages related to the transatlantic slave trade live on through centuries. More...


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Praises Cuban Cooperation in Haiti

CUBA, December 9th, 2010.- Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla met on Thursday, in Cancun, with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, who expressed the UN’s recognition of Cuban cooperation in Haiti. More...

Bruno Rodriguez: Climate Change is one of the Current Two Global Threats

CUBA, December 8th, 2010.- Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez stated on Wednesday in Cancun, Mexico, that climate change and the serious threat of a nuclear war are the most serious and imminent dangers humanity is facing for its survival. More...

Uncertainty at Top-Level UN Climate Summit Session

MEXICO, December 8, 2010. - The Summit on Climate Change, taking place in Cancun, a resort city on Mexico's Caribbean coast, continues Wednesday the second day of top-level debates, with high degree of uncertainty and disputes over the extension of the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012 still unresolved. More...

Commemoration of the Cuba-CARICOM Day

Today, 8 December, we commemorate the Cuba-CARICOM Day.
Cuba is deeply satisfied at its indestructible bonds of friendship, respect, and cooperation with the Caribbean sister nations. More...

In Cancun Cuba Urges Respect for Climate Convention
MEXICO, November 30TH, 2010 .- Cuba today urged the international transport organizations to analyze the contaminant emissions guided by the principles of fairness and common responsibilities, but differentiated, as established by the UN convention on climate change PL reported. More...

Statement by ambassador Pedro Núñez Mosquera, permanent representative of Cuba, at the General Assembly debate on agenda item 37: Question of Palestine. New York, November 29, 2010.

Mr. President,
Cuba associates itself with the statement by the representative of Egypt, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement. Such an occasion, when we celebrate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, is an opportunity for the international community to reaffirm its support to the heroic effort of the Palestinian people in their fight for the inalienable right to self-determination. More...

Statement by ambassador Rodolfo Benitez Verson, Deputy Permanent representative of Cuba, at the General Assembly debate on agenda item 36: “The situation in the Middle East”. New York,  November 30, 2010.

Mr. President,

The unstable situation in the Middle East, marked by the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the ongoing construction of the separation Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the complex situation in the Lebanon, and the occupation of the Syrian Golan are realities affecting not only the region but the international community as a whole. More...

 

Statement by Ambassador Zelmys Dominguez Cortina on behalf of the Member States  of the Non-aligned Movement that are states parties to the chemical weapons convention and China, at the fifteenth session of the Conference of the States Parties, The Hague, 29th November 2010

Mr Chairperson, 

1.  On behalf of the Members States of the Non-Aligned Movement that are States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and China (the NAM CWC States Parties and China) I would like to welcome you, Ambassador of Guatemala,  Roberto Palomo Silva, a representative of a State Member of the NAM, as Chairman of this Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention.  We are confident that your knowledge, skills, and experience will enable you to steer our work to a successful conclusion and I assure you of the full support of the NAM CWC States Parties and China. More...

Cuba Slams US and Israeli Policies against Palestine

CUBA, November 30th, 2010.- The Cuban permanent representative to the United Nations, Pedro Nuñez, said that the United States’ veto at the UN Security Council hinders solutions for the Palestinian issue. More...

Cuban Foreign Ministry Heads Delegation to COP16 in Mexico

CUBA, November 29th, 2010.- Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez is heading the delegation from the island attending the that kicked off Monday in Cancun, Mexico. More...

Statement by ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, deputy permanent representative of Cuba to the United Nations on item 87: report of the international atomic energy agency. Plenary meeting of the General Assembly, 8 November 2010.

Mr. President,
Cuba welcomes and supports the major role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The implementation of nuclear techniques contributes to reducing soil degradation, desertification, global warming and other natural phenomena affecting food production and human life on the Earth. More...

Statement by the delegation of Cuba in explanation of vote (list 1), thematic cluster 1: nuclear weapons. First Committee. New York, 27 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

The Cuban delegation wishes to explain its vote regarding draft resolution L.43 on United action towards the elimination of nuclear weapons, and L.48 on Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).More...

Explanation by Cuba under thematic cluster no. 4 on draft resolution l.32, the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects. First committee, New York, 29 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

The delegation of Cuba [voted in favor] of draft resolution L.32 on The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects, based on the full support my country has given and will continue giving to the United Nations Programme of Action on illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, the provisions of which are strictly complied with by Cuba. From this perspective, our country actively participated in the Fourth Biennial Meeting, by presenting a considerable number of proposals that were reflected in the outcome documents adopted. More...

Statement by ambassador Pedro Nuñez Mosquera, permanent representative of Cuba, at the debate of the Security council on item: Briefings by chairmen of subsidiary bodies of the Security Council. New York, 15 November 2010.

Mr. President,

Allow me to congratulate you on your conduct of the work of the Security Council this month. 

I thank the Chairmen of the Committees for the information provided, which enlightens us about the work they are undertaking. Cuba values and follows up on the work of those Committees and strictly complies with the obligations under Security Council Resolutions1267, 1373 and 1540. More...

The NOAL Calls for Reforms of the UN Security Council

CUBA, November 15, 2010.-  While Washington defends a limited increase in the number of UN Security members, the Non-Aligned Movement (NOAL) declared itself on Thursday to be in favor of a comprehensive process of reform of that organ. More...

Cuban Urges U.S. to Comply with Obligations as U.N. Headquarters

CUBA, November 12, 2010.-  Cuba demanded the United States to meet its obligations as host country of the United Nations so as to avoid incidents that threaten the safety of the Cuban representation to the world organization. Más...

Statement by the delegation of Cuba on agenda item 161: Report of the Committee on relations with the host country. New York, 11 November 2010.

Madam Chairman,
The delegation of Cuba thanks H.E. Mr. Minas Hadjimichael for his presentation of Report A­/65/26 of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country, in his capacity as Chairman. Likewise, we appreciate his successful work leading this important Committee, and reiterate once more our full support. More...

STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR RODOLFO BENÍTEZ VERSON, DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF CUBA TO THE UNITED NATIONS AT THE JOINT DEBATE ON ITEMS 29 “REPORT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL” AND 119 “QUESTION OF EQUITABLE REPRESENTATION ON AND INCREASE IN THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL AND RELATED MATTERS”. New York, 11 November 2010.
Mr. President,
Cuba appreciates the presentation of the Annual Report of the Security Council. We recognize some efforts have been made to improve the quality of the Report. Nonetheless, there is still much to be done.
The Report remains basically a descriptive document that lacks the analytical and substantive approach needed by Member States to assess the work of that body. Once more, we call upon the Council to work in that direction.  More...

UNESCO Praises Cuba’s Social Use of Science

CUBA, November 11, 2010.-  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) praised Cuba’s use of science and technology to satisfy social needs. More...

Statement of the delegation of Cuba on agenda item 64: Report of the Human Rights Council. 65th UNGA. Third Committee. New York, 2 November 2010.

Mr. Chairman,
It has been nearly five years since the Human Rights Council began its work.
The Council was created in response to the pressing need to face the discredit of its predecessor, the Commission on Human Rights, which was plunged into double standards, confrontation and political manipulation. More...

Statement by the Representative of Cuba, Rebeca Hernández Toledano, during the consideration by the Fourth Committee of agenda item 51: United Nations relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. New York. 2 November 2010

Mr. Chairman,

My delegation wishes to congratulate Mr. Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East on his election to lead the Agency, as well as to thank him for the presentation of the Report on its work. Likewise, we thank its entire group for the hard work they have carried out for over 60 years, under the most hostile conditions. More...

Statement by the Cuban delegation in explanation of vote under thematic cluster 7: disarmament machinery. First committee. New York, 29 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

In relation to draft resolutions L.34 Follow-up to the High-Level Meeting held on 24 September 2010 and L.57 Report of the Conference on Disarmament, Cuba emphasizes the need for greater efforts in order to achieve progress in multilateral negotiations on disarmament and move towards the objective of a world without nuclear weapons. More...

Explanation of vote by Cuba under thematic cluster 6 on draft resolution l.36: consolidation of peace through practical disarmament measures. First committee, New York, 28 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

The Cuban delegation will not oppose the consensus on draft resolution L.36 entitled: Consolidation of peace through practical disarmament measures.

However, we consider necessary to place on record the following positions:

In preambular paragraph 10, welcoming the reports of Biennial Meetings of States to consider the implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, Cuba believes important to highlight the case of the Fourth Biennial Meeting, held last June.  More...

Explanation of vote by Cuba under thematic cluster no. 6 on Draft Resolution l.49, Preventing and combating illicit brokering activities. First Committee, New York, 28 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

With respect to draft resolution L.49, Preventing and combating illicit brokering activities, we consider necessary to place on record the following positions:

First: We have accepted preambular paragraph 12 and operative paragraph 2, on the understanding that they only refer to the application of Treaties and instruments by States party to them, the obligations of which have been sovereignly accepted by those States, in accordance with International Law. More...

Statement by Rebeca Hernández Toledano, Representative of the Cuban Delegation, during the consideration by the Fourth Committee of agenda item 49: Effects of atomic radiation. New York, 28 October 2010

Mr. Chairman,
                
The Cuban delegation congratulates the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) on its excellent scientific work since its creation, and on the constant information provided to the Member States. More...

Statement by Jorge Cumberbatch, First Secretary, Cuban delegate to the 5th Committee of the General Assembly.Main part of the 65th Session of the General Assembly. Item 134: Human resources management.

Mr. Chairman,

Allow me to thank the statements this morning by the Deputy Secretary-General Mrs. Asha-Rose Migiro; the Under-Secretary-General for Management Mrs. Angela Kane, and the Director of Ethics Office Mrs. Joan Elise Dubinsky. Likewise, we thank the Chair of the Advisory Committee, Mrs. Susan McLurg, for the remarks of that body on our topic today. More...

Statement by the Permanent Representative of Cuba, Ambassador Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, in the Universal Periodic Review of the United States of America. Human Rights Council. Geneva, 5 November 2010

Cuba recommends the United States:
To end the Blockade against Cuba, described as crime of genocide and that seriously violates the human rights of the Cuban people, as well as fundamental freedoms of U.S. citizens and third states.

Cuba Warns over Selective Practices at Human Rights Council

CUBA, November 4, 2010.- Cuba reaffirmed on Wednesday at the United Nations its determination to keep on fighting against selective practices and political motivations that lie behind the treatment of human rights-related situations. More...

Statement by the Cuban delegation in explanation of vote under thematic cluster 7: disarmament machinery. First committee. New York, 29 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

In relation to draft resolutions L.34 Follow-up to the High-Level Meeting held on 24 September 2010 and L.57 Report of the Conference on Disarmament, Cuba emphasizes the need for greater efforts in order to achieve progress in multilateral negotiations on disarmament and move towards the objective of a world without nuclear weapons. More...

Explanation of vote by Cuba on thematic cluster no. 1 relating to draft resolution l.45: The Hague code of conduct against ballistic missile proliferation. First committee, New York, 29 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

As in previous occasions, Cuba will abstain from voting on draft resolution entitled: The Hague Code of Conduct on Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation.

Our country raised in due course objections to the less than transparent and selective manner in which the Code of Conduct was negotiated. The Code was drafted and adopted through a process outside the United Nations framework and did not include the interested countries.   More...

Statement by the Cuban delegation on item 73: Report of the international criminal court. New York, 28 October 2010.
Mr. Chairman,
Cuba continues to support the establishment of an impartial, non-selective, effective, and just international criminal jurisdiction, which complements the national justice systems, is truly independent, and therefore free from subordinations to political interests that could distort its essence. More...

Statement by de delegation of Cuba on agenda item 68: Promotion and protection of human rights: b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms; c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives.  65 UNGA. Third Committee. New York, 27 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,
A future of peace, development and full realization of all human rights for all will only be built through cooperation, solidarity and mutual respect.
Once again this year, Cuba had the hope that the debates of the Third Committee were based on those principles and had the purpose of tackling the urgent challenges faced by humankind, particularly the countries of the South. More...

Reply by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, to the Representatives of the United States and the European Union respectively during the General Assembly session under the item “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”.  New York, October 26, 2010.

Mr. President;

I highly appreciate the words expressed by the thirteen speakers and the presence of all the delegations attending this unexpected afternoon session. More...

General Statement by the delegation of Cuba on thematic cluster 1: Nuclear weapons. First Committee. New York,  26 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

Allow me to refer to the importance of draft resolution L.5 on the Conclusion of effective international arrangements to assure Non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons, again co-sponsored by Cuba this year. More...

World Condemns U.S. Blockade against Cuba at UN General Assembly

CUBA, October 26, 2010.-  An overwhelming majority of countries represented at the United Nations condemned the U.S. commercial, economic and financial blockade imposed on Cuba for almost half a century for the nineteenth consecutive time today. More...

Cuban Resolution against U.S. Blockade Ready

CUBA, October 25, 2010.-  For the nineteenth consecutive year, the General Assembly of the United Nations will vote on a resolution demanding the end of the almost 50-year-old U.S. blockade against Cuba. More...

Statement by the cuban delegation at the thematic discussion of the first committee on the item other weapons of mass destruction. New York, 22 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,
The existence of weapons of mass destruction continues to be a serious threat to international peace and security.
The efforts made by the States in disarmament processes must be aimed at the complete and total elimination of such weapons and at the prevention of the emergence of new kinds of weapons of mass destruction. We reaffirm the relevance that all States comply with their obligations in relation to arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in all its aspects. More...

Statement of the delegation of Cuba at the thematic discussion on disarmament and regional security. First Committee, 65 UNGA, 21 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman

While reiterating our firm support to multilateralism, as a basic principle of negotiations on disarmament and arms control, we reaffirm the importance of regional and subregional initiatives on that field. More...

Statement of the delegation of Cuba at the thematic discussion on Disarmament and regional security. First Committee, 65 UNGA, 21 October 2010. 

Mr. Chairman

While reiterating our firm support to multilateralism, as a basic principle of negotiations on disarmament and arms control, we reaffirm the importance of regional and subregional initiatives on that field. More...

Statement by the Cuban delegation at the thematic discussion on other disarmament measures and international security. First Committee, 65 UNGA, New York, 20 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,
Cuba reiterates that the search for negotiated solutions in the multilateral arena and the need to reach collective agreements are the only way to safeguard international peace and security. More...

Statement by the cuban delegation on the item 80: diplomatic protection. New York, 20 October, 2010.

Madam Chairman,

We appreciate the Report of the Secretary-General on this item, contained in document A/65/182, compiling the opinions of various Member States about the recommendation of the International Law Commission to create a Convention on diplomatic protection. More...

Statement by ambassador Pedro Núñez Mosquera, permanent representative of Cuba, at the general debate of the fourth committee on agenda item 54: questions relating to information.  New York, 19 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

Cuba appreciates the presentation of the Report of the Secretary-General contained in document A/65/277. The detailed and differentiated manner provides clarity and precision about the diversity of tasks being developed and about the challenges faced in order to fulfill the mandate given by the General Assembly. More...

Statement by the Cuban delegation at the thematic discussion on conventional weapons. First Committee, 65th UNGA, 19 October 2010.

Mr. Chairma,

During the last decade, conventional weapons in the world have become increasingly sophisticated. Their destructive power has considerably risen, making them ever more deadly. 

The marked imbalance in the priority and attention given to certain categories of conventional weapons, like small arms and light weapons, to the detriment of others, like sophisticated conventional weapons, which have devastating effects, is a matter of concern. More...

Statement by the delegation of cube at the thematic discussion on disarmament machinery. First Committee, 65th UNGA, 18 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

Allow me to reiterate the importance attached by Cuba to the need to make concrete progress in the negotiations and deliberations in the field of disarmament and arms control.

Cuba reaffirms the significance of the Conference on Disarmament, as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating body. More...

Statement by the delegation of the republic of Cuba on item 45: sport for peace and development: building a peaceful and better world through sport and the olympic ideal. 65 UNGA. New York, 18 October, 2010.

Mr. President,
The Charter of San Francisco established the basis of a new system of international relations, conceived to avoid the repetition of the terrible experiences of the two world wars of the 20th Century. More...

Statement by the cuban delegation on item 65: indigenous issues. New York, 18 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,
For centuries, indigenous peoples have suffered discrimination, plundering, and dispossession of their riches and rights. In my country, the massacre was of such magnitude that resulted in the complete extermination of our native peoples. More...

Statement by ambassador Rodolfo Benitez Verson, deputy permanent representative of Cuba, at the general debate on agenda item 14: dialogue between civilizations, and  45: culture of peace. Plenary Meeting of the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly.

New York, 18 October 2010.

Mr. President,
This Assembly declared the period 2001-2010 International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World. Today, in the face of the end of the Decade, we must frankly recognize we have not met the goals we set ourselves.  More...

Statement by the cuban delegation on agenda item 84: report of the special committee on the charter of the united nations and on the strengthening of the role of the organization.

New York, 18 October 2010.

Madam Chairman,
Cuba supports the statements by the Islamic Republic of Ira on behalf of NAM, and Chile on behalf of the Rio Group, on agenda item Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the strengthening of the role of the Organization. More...

Statement by the cuban delegation on agenda item 83 consideration of effective measures to enhance the protection, security and safety of diplomatic and consular missions and representatives.

New York, 18 October 2010.

Madam Chairman,

We thank the presentation of the Report of the Secretary-General A/65/112 Consideration of effective measures to enhance the protection, security and safety of diplomatic and consular missions and representatives, and express our concern about the constant ongoing violations concerning the security and safety of diplomatic and consular missions and representatives. More...

Statement by the delegation of Cuba at the thematic discussion on nuclear weapons. First committee, New York, 14 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

The delegation of Cuba fully associates itself with the statement on this issue by Chile, on behalf of the Rio Group.

Nuclear disarmament is and must continue to be the top priority in the field of disarmament. The sole existence of nuclear weapons and doctrines prescribing their possession and use poses a grave danger to international peace and security. More...

Statement by the delegation of Cuba on agenda item 62 a) and b) new partnership for africa’s development: progress in implementation and international support; causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa. Plenary meeting of the general assembly.
New York, 14 October 2010.

Mr. President,

Last 10 October, our country celebrated the beginning of the First Independence War in 1868. This historical event that marked forever the course of our national History, was accompanied by one of the most momentous acts of justice of our history: Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, known as the Father of the Cuban Homeland, set his slaves free. More...

Statement by the delegation of Cuba on agenda item 64: promotion and protection of the rights of children. Third committee.

New York, 13 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,
As a result of the serious current economic and financial crisis, millions of children are hit by the increase of hunger, poverty, inequality and social exclusion. Even, before the crisis, it was estimated that almost 218 million children over 5 years of age worked, 126.3 millions of them worked for low wages, without protection, in areas such as mining and agriculture. More...

Cuba Warns About Dangers of Nuclear War at UNESCO Meeting

CUBA, October 13, 2010.-  Cuban Ambassador to UNESCO, the United Nations organization of education, science, and culture, Juan Antonio Fernández, warned about a possible attack against Iran and the dangers of nuclear war before this international body. More...

Statement by Rebeca Hernandez Toledano, on behalf of the delegation of Cuba, on agenda item 50: international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. Fourth Committee, New York, 12 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,
The Cuban delegation would like to commend the work undertaken by the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and takes this opportunity to express its appreciation for the Report submitted by said Committee, on the results of its deliberations during the 53rd session More...

Statement by the delegation of Cuba on agenda item 86 the scope and application of the principle of universal jurisdiction.

New York, 12 October, 2010.

Madam Chairman,

Cuba associates itself with the statements by the Islamic Republic of Iran, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, and by Chile, on behalf of the Rio Group. More...

Statement by the delegation of the Republic of Cuba, on agenda item 28 Advancement of women: a) Advancement of women b) Implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly.

New York 11 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,
First and foremost, allow me to greet you and the rest of the Bureau, and express the support of the delegation of my country to the statements by Yemen, on behalf of the G-77 and China, and Chile on behalf of the Rio Group. More...

Statement by ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, deputy permanent representative of Cuba, at the general debate of the first committee.

New York, Friday, 8 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,
On behalf of the Cuban delegation, I congratulate you and the rest of the Bureau on your election to lead the work of this Committee.
We fully support the statements by Indonesia in this debate on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, and Chile on behalf of the Rio Group. More...

Cuba Stands Out as Country with Highest Social Development of the Region

CUBA, October 8, 2010.-  The U.N. Economic Commission for Development of Latin America and the Caribbean placed Cuba as the country with the most resources designated for social development of all the countries in the region. More...

Statement by Jorge Cumberbatch, first secretary, delegate of Cuba to the fifth committee main part of the 65th session of the general assembly agenda item 130: programme planning

New York, 7 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

First and foremost, my delegation wishes thank Mr. Vladimir Pavlovich, Chairman of the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), for his presentation, in this room, of the outcomes of the 50th Session of this body. More...

Draft Statement by Cuba at the debate on agenda item 107: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice; and agenda item 108: International Drug Control. 65 UNGA. Third Committee.

New York, 6 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

Crime prevention remains a priority task in the current international situation.
To fight that scourge, we must first fight underdevelopment and establish a more just and equitable new international economic order. More...

Statement by ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, deputy permanent representative of Cuba, on agenda item 109 measures to eliminate international terrorism.

New York, 5 October 2010

Madam Chairman,

Allow me to begin by congratulating you and the rest of the Bureau on your election. The Cuban delegation supports the statements by the Islamic Republic of Iran, on behalf of NAM, and Chile on behalf of the Group of Rio. More...

Statement by Ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba to the General Assembly Third Committee, at the debate on agenda item 27: Social Development, a) Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and of the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly, b) Social development, including questions relating to the world social situation and to youth, ageing, disabled persons and the family, c) Follow-up to the International Year of Older Persons: Second World Assembly on Ageing, d) United Nations Literacy Decade: education for all.

Strong condemnation of the blockade imposed by the government of the United States against Cuba at the United Nations

The issue of the blockade against Cuba became one of the top five topics mentioned at the Plenary of the United Nations General Assembly, when a considerable number of countries of all world regions made critical references to that absurd policy maintained by the Government of the United States of America against the island, in the framework of the opening General Debate of the 65th Session of the General Assembly, held last 23-29 September, in New York. More...

STATEMENT BY FIRST SECRETARY JORGE CUMBERBATCH, REPRESENTATIVE OF CUBA TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, FIFTH COMMITTEE, MAIN PART OF THE 65TH SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. TEMA 133: SCALE OF ASSESSMENTS FOR THE APPORTIONMENT OF THE EXPENSES OF THE UNITED NATIONS. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 4, 2010

Statement by Ambassador Pedro Núñez  Mosquera, permanent representative of Cuba, at the general debate of the special political and decolonization committee (fourth committee). Agenda items 55-59.

New York, 4 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

The year 2010 marks the end of the Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism, deadline set by the Organization to eliminate this scourge, which is a remainder of another epoch. However, there are still many unattained objectives we have agreed upon on decolonization. More...

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Addresses U.N. General Assembly

CUBA, September 27th, 2010.- Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla made a speech during the general debate of the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

He spoke of the risks facing humanity, such as climate change and the possibility of nuclear war. More...

International Community Demands End of US Blockade of Cuba at United Nations

CUBA, September 25, 2010.-  The international community urged the United States to put an end to the almost 50-year-old economic blockade of Cuba during the 65th ordinary period of sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday. More...

Brazil Calls for the End of U.S. Blockade against Cuba at the United Nations

CUBA, September 24, 2010.-  The Brazilian government reiterated its condemnation of the illegitimate U.S. blockade against Cuba on Thursday.

At the opening of the debates of the United Nations General Assembly, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim stated that the blockade has only achieved the creation of obstacles for millions of Cubans struggling to achieve development. More...

UN Secretary-General Praises Cuba’s Social Development

CUBA, September 24, 2010.-  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that Cuba’s advances towards the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are impressive. More...

Cuba Speaks out Against Human Rights Council’s Double Standards

CUBA, September 22, 2010.- Cuban ambassador denounced the Human Rights Council’s double standards at the headquarters of the UN body in Geneva. In a debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention, Cuba’s ambassador in Geneva Rodolfo Reyes criticized the hostility of some industrialized countries towards the South. More...

Cuba Calls for Efforts for New Political Order Before United Nations

CUBA, September 21, 2010.- Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, while speaking before the United Nations, said that Cuba would do whatever it takes to create a new international political and economic order, based on principles of solidarity, social justice, and equality and respect of the rights of all countries and individuals.More...

Statement by Rodolfo Reyes Rodriguez, ambassador of the permanent mission of Cuba, on section 211 of the wto’s dispute settlement body (DSB)
September 21st, 2010

Mr. Chairman:

Next month it will be twelve years of the enactment of the so-called Section 211, a legislation that is not in accordance with the principles of the national treatment and the most favoured nation treatment, according to a 2002 report of the Appellate Body. More...

Cuba Deplores Attacks Against Countries of the South in Geneva

CUBA, September 20, 2010.-  Cuban Ambassador to Geneva, Rodolfo Reyes, spoke out against the attacks of some industrialized nations against countries of the South, and also expressed disappointment about the return of some selective practices of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. More...

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Attends Summits and Debates of United Nations

CUBA, September 20, 2010.- Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, is in New York to attend various summits and debates of the 65th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Rodríguez attended an event in Harlem in honor of the 50th anniversary of the meeting between Cuban Revolution Leader Fidel Castro and U.S. Civil Rights leader, Malcolm X, where they connected the Cuban Revolution and the struggles of Blacks in the U.S. Present at the event were Rosermari Mealy, author of the book ¨Fidel and Malcolm X, Memories of a Meeting,¨ and William Sales, Professor of African Studies at the University of Seton Hall. More...

Statement by ambassador Rodolfo Benitez Verson, Chargé d’affaires a.i. of Cuba, in explanation of position on Draft Resolution A/64/L.56 “System Wide Coherence”. Agenda item 114: “Follow up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit”. Plenary Meeting of the 64th Session of the General Assembly. New York, July 2, 2010.

Mr. President,

The Cuban delegation fully supports the statement by Mrs. Moushira Khattab, Minister of State for Family and Population of the Arab Republic of Egypt, on behalf of the Joint Coordinating Committee of the Non-Aligned Movement and the Group of 77 and China. More...

Cuba supports the review process of the implementation of the Mauritius strategy for the sustainable development of small island states

Last 13 September, the UN General Assembly referred the Draft Outcome Document for the Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the consideration of the leaders who will meet on the 24th and 25th of this month in New York, as part of the review process of this Strategy, five years after its adoption. More...

Statement by ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, chargé d’affaires a.i. of the permanent mission of Cuba to the United Nations, at the high level segment of the ECOSOC.

 New York, 1 July 2010.

Mr. President,

Cuba fully supports the statement by the delegation of Yemen on behalf of the Group of 77.
This high-level segment is being held precisely on the 15th anniversary of the successful UN Fourth World Conference on Women. More...

Statement by ambassador Rodolfo Benitez Verson, chargé d’affaires a.i. of Cuba, in explanation of position on draft resolution a/64/l.56 “system wide coherence”. Agenda item 114: “follow up to the outcome of the millennium summit”. Plenary meeting of the 64th session of the general assembly.

New York, 2 July 2010.

Mr. President,

The Cuban delegation fully supports the statement by Mrs. Moushira Khattab, Minister of State for Family and Population of the Arab Republic of Egypt, on behalf of the Joint Coordinating Committee of the Non-Aligned Movement and the Group of 77 and China. More...

Successful visit to Cuba by the President of the UN General Assembly

From 27 to 29 June, H.E. Mr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, President of the 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly paid an official visit to Cuba.

This was the second consecutive visit of a President of the UN General Assembly to Cuba. Previously, in September 2009, we had the visit of his predecessor father Miguel D´Escoto, from Nicaragua. More...

Statement by ambassador Rodolfo Benitez Verson, Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Republic of Cuba to the United Nations, at the ECOSOC panel discussion on “opportunities for small island developing states”.

New York, 20 July 2010

Mr. President,

Fifteen years ago, we met at the Barbados Conference to review the challenges we faced and the goals we had to set for the sustainable development of our nations.

Ten years later, in Port Louis, we adopted the Mauritius Strategy, for the further implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action. More...

Cuba welcomes agreed second review of UN-Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Cuba welcomes the adoption of the second review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, approved this September 8 by consensus in the Plenary of the General Assembly. More...

Cuba Denounces increase of international human trafficking

UNITED NATIONS, September 1, 2010.-  Cuba denounced the increase of human trafficking despite the importance the international community gives to this issue. More..

Statement by Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Cuba, on Section 211 of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB).
August 31st, 2010

Mr. Chairman,

Each month it is expected that the parties provide new information that really allows the Body to know what is happening with this dispute, concrete steps are being taken to comply with the Appellate Body’s rulings for more than eight years ago. More...

Statement by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cuba on Section 211 of the
WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB). July 20, 2010

Mr. Chairman,

It’s being five years this month since this Body was notified about the Understanding between the European Union and the United States regarding this case. The basis of this Understanding was precisely that the United States had informed the Body that they will continue working to comply with the obligations, in accordance with the Appellate Body’s ruling. More...

Cuban Parliament Demands Total Disarmament and Global Cooperation

GENEVA, July 20, 2010.- Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon demanded on Monday the implementation of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), general and complete disarmament, and international cooperation for development. More...

Cuba Calls on the United Nations to Give Humanitarian Aid with Respect

CUBA, July 15, 2010.- Cuba reaffirms in the United Nations that the consent of countries giving and receiving humanitarian aide should be carried out with total respect of the U.N.´s General Assembly humanity agreements. Speaking at the Economic and Social Council meeting, the Cuban representative in charge of business in the U.N., Rodolfo Benítez, asserted that any manipulation of emergency situations or aide against the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity would be unjustifiable. More...

GROUP OF 77 & CHINA
G E N E V A

Statement by Mr. Fidel Ortega
Counselor of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations Office
and other International Organizations in Geneva
on behalf of the Group of 77 and China
at the 50th Executive Session of the Trade and Development Board
Thursday 8, July 2010 More...

Cuba welcomes the creation of UN women

 NEW YORK, 7 July 2010.- Cuba welcomes the creation of a new Entity for gender, called UN Women, by the unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly, as the resolution on the United Nations System-Wide Coherence was adopted last 2 July, after long and intense negotiations, in which our country engaged actively. More...

Cuba Praises Creation of New UN Body

UNITED NATIONS, July 3, 2010.- Cuba said the creation of a new United Nations (UN) body that will seek to improve the situation of women and girls around the world is a historic step. More...

UN recognizes Cuba's role in liberation of Africa

 CUBA, June 29th, 2010.-   Ali Treki, president of the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization (UNO), thanked Cuba and Fidel Castro for the role played in the liberation of Africa, on Monday in Havana.

We will never forget what Fidel and Cuba did for Africa, said the leader of Libyan origin at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry, where he was greeted by Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Foreign Minister of Cuba, reported AIN. More...

Cuba Calls for Permanent Membership for African, Asian, and Latin American and Caribbean Countries

UNITED NATIONS, June 30th, 2010.- Cuba stated that the Security Council will be neither effective nor representative, while entire regions are totally absent in the category of permanent members, as is the case of Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, reported PL news agency.

The claim was reaffirmed by the Cuban Ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson, deputy permanent representative before the UN, during a session on the issue of geographic representation held at the UN headquarters. More...

Cuban First VP Meets with UN General Assembly President

 CUBA, June 29, 2009.-  Cuban First Vice-President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura met this Monday with UN General Assembly President Ali Abdussalam Treki who is in Cuba in an official visit.

In the meeting Machado Ventura and the UN official spoke of the main topics at the UN General Assembly which include the preparations for the High level Plenary Meeting, the UN role on the solution of the problems created by the economic world crisis, the international negotiations on climate change and the current Middle East situation, and the Palestinian issue. More...

Cuba denounces the sustained social and political dominance of U.S over Puerto Rico

United Nations, June 22,  2010. United States maintains its social and political dominance over the people of Puerto Rico, although it has its own national and cultural identity, said the ambassador of Cuba in the UN, Pedro Nuñez Mosquera. More...

Cuba rejects manipulation of fight against transnational organized crime

United Nations, June 22, 2010. Cuba rejected before the United Nations the pretension of using the fight against transnational organized crime as an excuse to impose the concept of limited sovereignty. More...

Cuba, Vice President of the HRC

GENEVA, June 22, 2010. Cuba was elected on Monday as Vice President of the Human Rights Council, the main UN body specialized in promoting and protecting human rights. More...

PRESS RELEASE
Participation of Cuba in the Fourth Biennial Meeting of States on the United Nations Programme of Action against Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons

From 14 to 18 June 2010, the Fourth Biennial Meeting of States to review the implementation of the UN Programme of Action to prevent, combat and eliminate illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects was held. More...

Speech Delivered by the Minister of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Cuba, Margarita M. Gonzalez  Fernandez.  99th  Meeting of the ILO Conference

June 15, 2010

Mr. Chairman:
Distinguished Delegates:
The topics concerning jobs, labour rights and social protection in today’s conditions worldwide need to be entirely analyzed, in depth and with responsibility so that the measures we propose could be effective. More...

Statement by Rodolfo Reyes Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva on Behalf of the Group of 77 and China at the Executive Session of the Trade and Development Board, 8 – 9 June 2010
Tuesday, 9 June 2010 at 10.00 a.m. - Room XXVI, Palais des Nations

Ambassador Jean Feyder,
President of the Trade and Development Board
Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates

Mr. President, More...

Statement by Rodolfo Reyes Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva on Behalf of the Group of 77 and China at the Executive Session of the Trade and Development Board, 8 – 9 June 2010

Tuesday 8, June 2010 at 10.00 a.m. - Room XXVI, Palais des Nations More...

Press release of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland
Cuba expresses its surprise at the Press Release issued by the Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on Torture, Mr. Manfred Nowak, on June 9th, in which he expressed “his deep disappointment after being informed by the Government of Cuba that it was unable to accommodate a fact-finding mission to the country before the end of his mandate, on 30 October 2010.” More...

Summit for Haiti Achieves Commitments       

Dominican Republic, June 3, 2010. Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez expressed his satisfaction at outcome of the Summit for the future of Haiti, concluded here, in which funds needed to re-found the Caribbean nation were raised.More...

Esteban Lazo Urges the World to Assist Haiti

CUBA, June 3, 2010. Cuban Vice President Esteban Lazo urged the international community to show their commitment to the human species by putting all their energy in assisting the Haitian people. More...

We must demonstrate our commitment to humanity, affirms Lazo in Haiti

Dominican Republic, June 2, 2010. Speaking at the closing session of the World Summit on the Future of Haiti, Cuban Vice President Esteban Lazo today urged the international community to demonstrate a commitment to humanity, PL reports. More...

 

 

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