“Never before has mankind had such abundant scientific and technological potential, nor has mankind ever had the extraordinary ability to create wealth and happiness,” he said. on Wednesday, but added: “Nevertheless has the world been unequal in terms of how much people suffer. “
He pointed to some unfortunate numbers, including that about 828 million people will go hungry, about 50 million children will be stunted, and the unemployment rate will affect 207 million people by 2022.
Trillions of military spending while vaccines remain scarce
He went on to note that about 6.5 million people died from COVID-19 pandemic, and vaccination to address this crisis is not accessible to billions of people in low-income countries.
Referring to global military spending, which has grown at a dizzying pace and now exceeds $2 trillion for the first time, and while advocating for the universalization of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, he placed raises the question of how much more could be done if these resources were devoted to promoting health and development, how many lives could be saved.
Speaking of the climate crisis, the Cuban foreign minister commented, “we have a planet earth, a common home, for the rich and the poor, we must act without delay.”
Economic war against Cuba
When he shared his view that international relations were on a dangerous path, he criticized the United States for its economic, military, political and diplomatic coercive attack.
Recalling that the General Assembly passed the first resolution to end the embargo against Cuba 30 years ago, he denounced the US for “an act of economic war in peacetime”, for ignoring the resolution, causing causing material shortages, putting pressure on banking institutions and causing damage. Cuban people.
Criticizing “unfair inclusion” and “slanderous classification” of Cuba as a sponsor of terrorism when Cuba “is a victim of state terrorism”, he called on the US for standards dual, inconsistent, selective and manipulative including human rights.
Referring to the enormous challenges facing the Cuban people and government, he said that “the Cuban economy has suffered from unusual pressures that have had an impact on the supply of industrial services, leading to a shortage of scarcity of food and medicine, leading to a decline in consumption and thus to a decline in the general welfare of our people. The human toll caused by this policy is immeasurable but nevertheless enormous, cruel and immoral.”
Urging the United States to address issues promoting irregular migration, he commended the return to visa processing at the US Embassy in Havana and reiterated Cuba’s willingness to work towards good relations. than the United States but based solely on mutual respect, sovereign equality, and no attempt to undermine sovereignty and independence.
Solidarity with others
The Foreign Minister shared that at the worst times of the pandemic, Cuba was able to send 58 medical brigades to about 48 countries. He went on to express solidarity with the governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua, support the claims of the Caribbean nations for reparation for the slave trade and colonialism, and reaffirm Cuba’s commitment to independence. of Puerto Rico and reconstruction of Haiti.
Bruno Rodríguez reiterated Cuba’s unwavering commitment to peace in Colombia, an end to foreign intervention in Syria, and a just and lasting solution to the Middle East conflict. He also called for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.
He concluded by turning to Ukraine and saying that the real solution to the war must ensure the security and sovereignty of all. “Cuba will continue to speak loudly and clearly to reject hegemony and domination, unilateral coercive measures, genocidal blockades and attempts to impose a culture and a model to the world.”