Resilient development in the Caribbean is a vital issue

9 de March de 2022

Speaking at the dialogue table Natural Disasters and asymmetry of climate change in the Caribbean, during the V Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development, Rivas also expressed Cuba´s support for the Caribbean First initiative of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

The Cuban deputy minister stressed that this initiative places the Caribbean countries at the center of the debate and regional efforts for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, in line with the principle of leaving no one behind.

«To the condition of Small Island Developing States and Middle Income Countries for the most part, in the Caribbean there is the unfair dichotomy of being the area that most strongly suffers the effects of climate change and the one that less contributes with it »she added.

Rivas said that, at the recent international conference for the financing of the reconstruction of the southern peninsula of Haiti, the Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, pointed out the responsibility and moral obligation of the international community with the definitive transformation of the situation of the Haitian people.

Likewise, she continued, Díaz-Canel pointed out the importance of providing substantial and disinterested cooperation, not only for the reconstruction of some areas, but also to comprehensively promote sustainable development for all of Haiti.

The deputy minister extended the call of the president of Cuba to all the Caribbean countries, whose transformative recovery will require twice the effort and international support of the rest of the nations in the region to overcome their gaps and strengthen their resilience in the face of exogenous shocks such as those produced by the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.

In this regard, Rivas pointed out that “Cuba ratifies its will and commitment to continue supporting the development of its Caribbean brothers, sharing what it has and not what is left over, through South-South and Triangular cooperation, in addition to North-South cooperation.

She pointedc out that, given the epidemiological and health emergency in this subregion, her country will continue its medical collaboration anda support for the vaccination of the Caribbean people against Covid-19, through advice and the provision of the Cuban vacciness Abdala, Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus.

Transformative recovery for resilient, inclusive and sustainable development in the Caribbean is a vital issue and cannot wait any longer, she said.

She exalted that “with Cuba they can always continue counting and we hope that our call contributes so that the international community and our regional partners understand the urgency of the issue.”

Taken from Latin Press.

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