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Raul Castro: Unacceptable levels of poverty and social inequality persist and even aggravate across the world

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Remarks by Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, in his address to the United Nations Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, New York, September 26, 2015

Esteemed heads of State and Government,

Distinguished heads of delegations,

Mister Secretary General of the United Nations, Mister President,

The current instability prevailing in numerous regions of the world has its roots in the pervasive underdevelopment afflicting two-thirds of the world population.

Fifteen years after the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals progress is insufficient and unevenly distributed. In many cases, unacceptable levels of poverty and social inequality persist and even aggravate including the industrial nations. The gap between the North and the South widens, and wealth polarization keeps growing.

We realize that a long distance must still be covered to achieve a real world association for development.

No less than 2.7 billion people in the world live in poverty. The global infant mortality rate for children under five years of age is still several times higher than that of developed countries. Likewise, maternal death in developing regions is fourteen times higher.

Amid the existing economic and financial crisis, wealthy individuals and transnational companies are growing richer while the number of poor, unemployed and homeless people increase dramatically as a result of the harsh so-called “austerity” policies, and waves of desperate immigrants arrive in Europe escaping misery and conflicts that others have unleashed.

The resources needed for the implementation of the Agenda, lacking measurable commitments and timetables, are inadequate to meet the seventeen objectives of sustainable development.

If we wish to make this a habitable world with peace and harmony among nations, with democracy and social justice, dignity and respect for the human rights of every person, we should adopt as soon as possible concrete commitments in terms of development assistance, and resolve the debt issue, a debt already paid several times over. It would be necessary to build a new international financial architecture, remove monopoly on technology and knowledge, and change the present international economic order.

The industrial nations should accept their historic responsibility and apply the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities.” The lack of resources cannot be used as a pretext when annual military expenses amount to 1.7 trillion dollars; absent a reduction of such expenses neither development nor a stable and lasting peace will be possible.

Mr. President,

The reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States of America, the opening of embassies and the policy changes announced by President Barack Obama with regard to our country constitute a major progress, which has elicited the broadest support of the international community.

However, the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba persists bringing damages and hardships on the Cuban people, and standing as the main obstacle to our country’s economic development, while affecting other nations due to its extraterritorial scope, and hurting the interests of American citizens and companies. Such policy is rejected by 188 United Nations member states that demand its removal.

Nevertheless, Cuba fulfilled the Millennium Development Goals and offered its modest cooperation to other developing nations in various areas, something we shall continue to do to the extent of our limited capabilities.

We shall never renounce honor, human solidarity and social justice, for these convictions are deeply rooted in our socialist society.

Thank you.

Peace in Colombia not Only Possible But Essential

Speech by First Secretary of the Central Committee of Cuban Communist Party and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz in the act for the signing of Agreements on Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia in Cubanacán Protocol Hall, on September 23, 2015, “Year 57 of the Revolution”. Continue Reading

Address by Pope Francis on his arrival in Cuba

I place these days under the protection of our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Blessed Olallo Valdés and Blessed José López Pietreira, and Venerable FélixVarela, the great promoter of love between Cubans and all peoples, so that our bonds of peace, solidarity and mutual respect may ever increase. Continue Reading

Welcome Speech by President Raúl Castro to Pope Francis

Your Holiness, The people and Government of Cuba welcome you with profound affection, respect and hospitality. We feel particularly honored with your visit. You will see how deeply we love our Homeland, for which we are capable of the greatest sacrifices. We have always followed in the steps of the heroes of Our America, who… Continue Reading

The Visit of President Calvin Coolidge to Cuba

In 1928, the president of the United States of America (US) in power visited Cuba and it has been the only time, which could be a curiosity, but it also leads us to analyze such special occasion that made that head of State come to this island, when the VI Pan-American Conference was held in Havana, Cuba Continue Reading

Thank You, This is Another Dream Coming True

“Thank you sisters and brothers from all over the world, I would like you to know that when we say thank you it is not a formal action; in the bottom of our hearts we know that if we are here, we really owe the effort of all the comrades worldwide who did not rest until we were set free and saw us here together with you”. Continue Reading

Cuban Elections: People’s Event

“The partial elections held on Sunday, April 19, 2015 has given a positive demonstration to choose the delegates for the municipal assemblies of the People’s Power in Cuba”, said the president of the National Electoral Commission Alina Balseiro Gutierrez Continue Reading

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