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Cuba appreciates UNDP's support in its development plans and in confronting COVID-19



HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 31 (ACN) Cuba thanked on Monday the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for its support to the national development efforts and to the confrontation of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a statement from the Cuban foreign ministry, published on its website, the Cuban permanent representative to the United Nations, Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta, expressed this recognition during his speech at the second session of the Executive Board of UNDP/United Nations Population Fund/United Nations Office for Project Services.

The Cuban diplomat stressed that the new UNDP Strategic Plan 2022-2025 will give continuity to its work in the previous period, through the six signature solutions that are consistent with the capabilities and role of the entity in the United Nations system.

He further endorsed that UNDP bases its new Plan on the policy and programming priorities of governments, within the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, and that poverty eradication is at the core of its work.

The focus on groups of countries in special situations, including small island developing states, as well as middle-income nations, was also highlighted by Pedroso Cuesta in his remarks.

He also welcomed the emphasis placed by UNDP on South-South cooperation, and reiterated Cuba's commitment to the work and mandate of the organization.

Finally, Cuban official emphasized the need for the new Strategic Plan to have adequate, predictable and flexible resources so that UNDP can carry out its mandate.

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