Paris, Oct. 11.- The UNESCO Chapter of the Group of 77 and China recognized Cuba for the successful holding in September in Havana of the Summit of the heads of State and Government of the bloc.
We express warm gratitude to President Miguel Díaz-Canel and the Cuban government for hosting last month the meeting dedicated to science, technology and innovation, said in this capital the Palestinian ambassador Mounir Anastas, who chairs the Group at the headquarters of the multilateral entity.
On September 15 and 16, Cuba organized the grand forum of the Group made up of 134 of the 193 member states of the United Nations, in which they expressed in a final declaration the commitment to strengthen unity and full respect for the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.
Likewise, the bloc expressed concern about the unjust prevailing international order and its impact on developing countries, advocated for the promotion of South-South cooperation, including in the scientific and technological fields, and defended the urgency of a comprehensive reform of the international financial architecture.
In continuation of the debates of the 217th session of the Executive Council, the Palestinian ambassador to UNESCO reiterated alarming statistics cited by the Cuban leader at the Havana Summit, such as the fact that 84 million children are at risk of being out of the classrooms this year and 660 million human beings without electricity.
Anastas highlighted in his speech the reach of the Group of 77 and China, which represents 80 percent of the world's population.
Likewise, he recognized the efforts of UNESCO and reiterated the bloc's support for actions framed in the organization's global priorities: Africa and gender equality.
We also appreciate in the Group the work of supporting developing countries in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he added. (Text and photo: PL)