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Cuba and the European Union dialogue on sustainable development

Havana, Nov 20.- The second Cuba-European Union (EU) Dialogue on Sustainable Development will be held today virtually, with an eye on the prospects for collaboration in multilateral forums.

The meeting will discuss common development priorities and gives continuity to the exchange between the parties held in Havana on April 16, 2019, under the Agreement on Political Dialogue and Cooperation (ADPC) concluded in 2016.

The Cuban delegation will be headed by Rodolfo Reyes, Director General of Multilateral Affairs and International Law of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Meanwhile, the foreign representation will be headed by the director for Latin America and the Caribbean for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission, Jolita Butkeviciene.

As part of the meeting, the day before a meeting of representatives of Cuban and European civil society took place, during which they exchanged opinions on the role of organizations in achieving sustainability.

Cuba and the EU had the first Dialogue on Sustainable Development in 2019 with the aim of promoting projects and programs that help meet current needs without compromising the resources of future generations, details the Cubaminrex portal.

On that occasion, the Cuban delegation denounced the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the island for almost six decades, the main obstacle to meeting the objectives and goals of sustainable development.

Cuba prioritizes the 2030 Agenda adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, for whose implementation there is a mechanism in tune with the strategic axes of the National Plan for Economic and Social Development in the next 10 years.

The island and Europe maintain historical ties, currently promoted by the ADPC as a regulatory framework for stable, mutually beneficial and long-term ties.

The political dialogue promotes cooperation, respect for human rights and the modernization of the Cuban economy, as well as the development of joint responses to global challenges, according to the EU site. (Text and photo: PL)