Saturday, February 24, 2024

Cuba gives Uganda pro tempore presidency of the G77 and China

Cuba. With gratitude for the strong position of the G77 Group and China against the blockade of the United States against Cuba, the Caribbean island officially transferred the pro tempore presidency of the group to Uganda.

The Cuban vice president, Salvador Valdés Mesa, stated during the Third South Summit that for Havana, it is a source of great pride and honor to manage the G-77 and China for the first time.

“We are doing this in the conditions of a criminal economic, commercial, and financial blockade, which has intensified since the second half of 2019, to an extreme, more cruel, and inhumane dimension,” he emphasized.

In that sense, he greatly appreciates the strong position of the group against the unilateral coercive measures used against many of its members, including the unfair blockade imposed on the Cuban people in excess of 60 years.

Likewise, he expressed his gratitude to the United Nations system, the G77 Secretariat, and China for the support provided during the Cuban mandate of the head of the group.

“Today we hand over the presidency to sister Uganda, knowing the historical moment we are living in and how much more we need to do for the welfare and development of our people. Uganda can always count on the full support and backing of Cuba. We wish him the greatest success,” he emphasized.

He confirmed that Cuba will always bet on the defense of unity within our rich diversity. United, in pursuit of the legitimate interests and aspirations of our people, we will be stronger, and our voice will be heard.

On the other hand, he put it under the consideration of delegations for debate and followed up on the issues addressed at the Havana summit in September to present to the UN General Assembly before the end of 2024 a draft resolution for the G77 and China for a high-level meeting on science, technology, and innovation.

The latter is scheduled to take place in September 2025, he specified. That meeting should agree on practical measures to ensure that science, technology, and innovation contribute to the acceleration of progress in the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Addis Ababa Action Agenda, he added.

He suggested the institutionalization of the conduct of the G77 and China Leaders’ Summits within the framework of the Conferences of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

This initiative, which was done for the first time at the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) held last year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, shows its importance and value. This will facilitate our group’s joint action in future climate negotiations, he continued.

Finally, create a Southern Science, Technology, and Innovation Fair in the second half of the year to show the progress of members in these areas, promote joint research projects, and promote productive chains that reduce dependence on Western markets.

This, he considered, will be a favorable framework for creating strategies that will revitalize the Consortium of Science, Technology, and Innovation for the South (Costis), which was agreed upon at the Havana summit.

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