May the permanent threat of disappearing not weigh on our dreams › World › Granma

May the permanent threat of disappearing not weigh on our dreams › World › Granma
May the permanent threat of disappearing not weigh on our dreams › World › Granma
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Distinguished delegates and guests,

I am honored to attend this historic event, in the land of the sister Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, to which we are united by enduring ties of friendship.

Since the adoption of the Samoa Pathway ten years ago, new and greater challenges have emerged.

Our nations face an adverse and challenging international economic outlook, characterized by high levels of debt, inflation, food, energy, and climate crises, and limited access to financing due to our status as middle-income countries.

They concentrate the greatest losses due to climate change and natural disasters, which generate annual costs equivalent to 8% of our national income.

The persistent development challenges facing our countries require adequate provision and mobilization of all urgent means of implementation, cooperation and solidarity to achieve internationally agreed objectives.

Any effort in this regard will be limited without a deep and comprehensive reform of the international financial architecture, which provides fair treatment to developing countries, both in the decision-making process and in access to financing.

In this effort, we welcome the new action program that considers the establishment of a specific debt sustainability support service for Small Island Developing States.

We also reiterate the need to establish a set of measures that go beyond the Gross Domestic Product to access financing on favorable conditions and to develop trade rules that take into account our special circumstances.


For our countries, the cost of climate adaptation is between 22 and 26 billion dollars annually. In this sense, we support the agreement to double finance for adaptation and the timely implementation of the Global Adaptation Goal.

We call for mobilizing new, additional, predictable and adequate international resources to capitalize on the fund of losses and damages arising from climate change, ensuring that our priorities and needs are taken into account.

Under this vision, we advocate for the advancement of the process for the establishment of a new quantified global climate finance goal at COP29.

In this regard, we recognize the relevance of the Bridgetown Initiative.


We appreciate the valuable expressions of solidarity of the small Island Developing States, in demanding the cessation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on my country more than 60 years ago by the government of the United States, tightened without precedent in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and reject the arbitrary and unjust inclusion of Cuba in the unilateral list of States supposedly sponsoring terrorism.

Despite this illegal siege, Cuba has set clear goals in economic and social matters, which are reflected in universal and free access to health and education; a robust science, technology and innovation system; and an ambitious National Plan to Confront Climate Change.

In correspondence with our permanent vocation of solidarity, we reiterate our willingness to make available the 17 cooperation projects promoted by Cuba during its Presidency of the G77 and China last year.

We also support efforts to establish a Small Island Developing States Center of Excellence in Antigua and Barbuda.


To advance in the exercise of our right to development, which is also the right to exist of our nations, compliance with the commitments contemplated in the 2030 Agenda, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the United Nations Framework Convention is required. on Climate Change and its Paris Agreement. Only in this way will we be able to implement the common roadmap that we have set for ourselves, without the permanent threat of disappearing weighing on our dreams.

Thank you so much.


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