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Cuba makes progress on social matters despite blockade

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 17 (ACN) Ana Silvia Rodriguez Abascal, Cuba's Alternate Permanent Representative to the UN, said today in New York that despite the tightening of the blockade, which is almost 60 years, Cuba is making progress in social matters.

The diplomat took part in the debate on Theme 22: "Eradication of poverty and other development issues", of the 74th session of the UN Second Committee, Cubaminrex reported.
Rodriguez Abascal emphasized that despite almost 60 years of unjust, illegal, immoral and criminal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, aggravated this year with the activation of the extraterritorial Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, the island has made remarkable achievements in social matters and has already fulfilled several of the goals drawn up in the Sustainable Development Objectives.
She also explained that "Cuba, a small island developing state, also subjected to the adverse effects of powerful hurricanes, droughts and climate change, is currently the second country in the world with the lowest value in the Multidimensional Poverty Index, and the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean that has eliminated severe child malnutrition according to UNICEF's 2018 Report.
The diplomat reaffirmed Havana's commitment to South-South cooperation and international solidarity, based on the concept of sharing the country's modest resources with other needy nations through international cooperation, stressing that currently, more than 60.000 Cuban health collaborators are present in 65 countries.
In her speech, she questioned how to reach the commitment to definitively eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions, as Agenda 2030 aspires; if a country like the United States dedicates multimillion-dollar resources in military expenditures that could be dedicated to the development of our peoples.

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