HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 11 (ACN) Cuba ratified on Thursday its support to the Caribbean nations and its commitment to the Agenda 2030 goals on Sustainable Development during its participation in the 28th Session of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC).
Deborah Rivas Saavedra, deputy minister of the ministry of foreign trade and foreign investment (MINCEX by its Spanish acronym), who chaired the Cuban delegation at the virtual meeting, reiterated her nation's solidarity with the brotherly Caribbean nations and supported the strategy of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), aimed at prioritizing the region, in line with the call of the Agenda 2030 of not leaving anyone behind.
In order to address the problems affecting the Caribbean, which have been aggravated by the current health crisis, States must strengthen their risk assessment and disaster management, improve social protection and develop health infrastructure, ECLAC said on Twitter.
At the same time, Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of the regional organization, explained that in the economic field, where the Gross Domestic Product is projected to fall by 6.9 percent this year in the Caribbean, it is necessary to increase productivity, reduce differences in access to digital services, eliminate gender inequalities and diversify trade.
The head of the Cuban delegation reaffirmed Havana's willingness to make effective the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDOs) and the 169 targets that make up Agenda2030, an action plan in favor of equality among people and care for the planet that has become more urgent than ever in view of the negative impacts of the pandemic in all sectors.