At United Nations, Cuba Demands New World Political and Economic Order

Posted on September 21, 2010

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Cuba Demands New World Political and Economic Order at United Nations

HAVANA, Cuba, Sept 21 (acn) Cuba demanded on Tuesday a new international
political and economic order based on the principles of solidarity, social
justice, equality and respect for the rights of the peoples and all human
rights.
    Addressing the plenary session of the United Nations’ Millennium
Development Goals Summit underway in New York, Cuban Foreign Minister
Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said that the lack of solutions to the most
serious development issues and the problems of those who live in poverty
and underdevelopment will also affect industrialized societies, where
unemployment rates grow and brutal migratory policies are becoming common.
    The diplomat added that the goals included in the Declaration of the
Millennium have almost been completely fulfilled in Cuba and some of them
have even been surpassed.
    “Our commitment goes beyond the borders of our country and it has
allowed us to contribute to the social development of other Third World
nations,” he said.
    “This is the result of a Revolution that has given priority to the
people’s well-being in an environment of equity and social justice. It is
the result of the society that we are building, based on solidarity. It
is, in addition, a feat attained in spite of an economic, financial and
commercial blockade imposed by the Government of the United States on the
Cuban people for more than 50 years,” Rodriguez Parrilla pointed out.
    The Cuban FM expressed satisfaction at the high levels of development
attained by the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela thanks to the social
policies implemented by President Hugo Chavez, in spite of foreign and
internal destabilization attempts.
    He also praised the results attained in Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador
thanks to the commitment and actions of their governments.
    “The members of CARICOM have also advanced. In this sense, the levels
of cooperation and integration of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples
of the Americas (ALBA) have been a positive element. The government of
President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva in Brazil has also obtained tangible
results in the social sector that deserve our recognition,” Rodriguez
Parrilla insisted.
    “This progress is not the result of the developed countries’
international assistance, which is almost non-existent, or of any positive
changes in the world economic order, which continues to be very unjust and
favors only the rich nations,” he noted.
    In this regard, he referred to the contraction of the official
assistance to development; the limited and contracted transference of
technology, and the restrictions of the First World markets regarding
exports to underdeveloped nations.
    “The foreign debt has been paid several times but it multiplies itself
and the financial corruption and deregulation in the developed countries
caused a global crisis with very negative consequences for the
underdeveloped economies,” the Cuban diplomat stated.
    “As a consequence, it is embarrassing to acknowledge that the number
of people living in extreme poverty increased in nearly 36 million between
1990 and 2005. The number of people that starve in the world increased
from 842 million between 1990 and 1992 up to the record number of over a
billion in 2009,” he pointed out.
    “The United Nations will betray their raison d’être if they do not
become aware of these realities and act now. We are convinced that, for
the human species to survive, we have to build a new international
political and economic order based on the principles of solidarity, social
justice, equality and respect for the rights of the peoples and all human
rights,” the Cuban foreign minister concluded.

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