HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 12 (ACN) The UNESCO report “Scientific Diplomacy in Latin America and the Caribbean: Strategies, Mechanisms and Perspectives” launched within the framework of the celebrations for World Science Day for Development, highlights Cuba's leadership in scientific cooperation.
According to Cubaminrex website, the text says that "Cuba is one of the countries with the longest experience in scientific and medical diplomacy in the region based on an advanced biotechnology industry and a robust health system."
The report recognizes the international prestige and political capital earned by Cuba in this area and highlights that “since 1963 the country has sent more than 400,000 health professionals in 164 missions to countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, in addition to providing humanitarian aid in cases of catastrophes, emergencies and epidemics such as Ebola and more recently COVID-19.”
It also points out that Cuba also participates in the South-South cooperation projects in fields such as health, education, and agriculture, and contributes to training human resources in Latin America and the Caribbean through international schools in various disciplines from public health to climate resilience.
The report was presented during the Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean –CILAC-, conceived as a living space for reflection and interaction in relation to the problems of the management of science, technology and innovation and that contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the region.
In a globalized context where coordination between the spheres of science and foreign relations is a key factor in responding to present and future challenges, this report calls on the Latin American and Caribbean region to strengthen scientific diplomacy as an opportunity to improve international relations and adopt innovative strategies for scientific collaboration among their countries and with the rest of the world.