NEW YORK, APRIL 21, 2016. Statement by the minister of Science, Technology and Environment of the Republic of Cuba, H.E. Mrs. Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya and head of the delegation to the special signature ceremony of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations,
Distinguished Heads of States,
Ministers and Delegates,
Today, a date of such importance for the preservation of our planet and the human species inhabiting it, it is worth mentioned the words of the historical leader of the Cuba Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, who, during the first Global Conference on Sustainable Development of Small Island States, in Barbados, stated, and I quote:
“Poor and small countries in the world try to know how we will survive in the coming decades. As we are islands…, we wonder what will happen when the water levels up, and whether we will be able to cope with drought, cyclones and other climate catastrophes that await us.”