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Cuba stands for urgent action to promote the development of the least developed countries


Speaking this Monday at the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (WDC), Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca called for urgent action to materialize the Doha Agenda, which aims to achieve a balance in trade. rules in favor of developing countries.

Malmierca stated that this is an effort in which all countries, especially industrialized ones, should be involved when they have the necessary resources, publishes PL.

He explained that, according to the most conservative estimates, more than 251 million people in the LDCs suffer from severe food insecurity, which is almost a quarter of their population.

Faced with these challenges, the head of the island said, the implementation of the Doha Agenda for Action will only be possible if there is international cooperation and solidarity, and if it is implemented in a coordinated and consistent manner in accordance with the commitments of the 2030 Agenda.

He emphasized that support for LDCs should be directed towards achieving inclusive economic growth and sustainable development, eradicating poverty and hunger, post-pandemic recovery, strengthening national health systems, energy development and environmental protection.

Malmierca added that writing off external debt is not enough, it is necessary to mobilize resources by attracting foreign direct investment.

In this regard, he pointed out that South-South and triangular cooperation were good practices, but they were not a substitute for North-South cooperation, which should be geared towards the poorest countries.

He also called for an end to unilateral coercive measures and thanked the international community for lifting the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States government against Cuba over six decades ago.

During the Cuban Presidency of the Group of 77 plus China, he reaffirmed the commitment of the least developed countries to help overcome obstacles to their sustainable development.

He also highlighted Havana’s commitment to making its progress in this area available to LDCs, including vaccines against Covid-19.

For the United Nations, this meeting, which has been postponed twice during the pandemic, is a unique opportunity to accelerate sustainable development where international assistance is most needed and to harness the full potential of less developed countries. on the road to prosperity.

There are presidents and ministers from 33 African countries and 12 from the Asia-Pacific region, Haiti and Cuba, which represents the Group of 77 plus China as interim president.

The LDC category was formally established in 1971 by the United Nations General Assembly to attract special international support for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members.

Source: Juventud Rebelde



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