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Statement of Cuba at the 325th session of the Governing Body of the ILO on the role of the organization in the Ebola recovery process.

STATEMENT BY HE. MRS. ANAYANSI RODRIGUEZ CAMEJO, AMBASSADOR, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF CUBA TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE IN GENEVA AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN SWITZERLAND, AT THE 325TH SESSION OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOR ORGANIZATION (ILO).

INSTITUTIONAL SECTION. ITEM 15/3 OF THE AGENDA: "ADDITIONAL DIRECTOR GENERAL'S REPORT: THE ROLE OF THE ILO IN THE EBOLA RECOVERY PROCESS ".

NOVEMBER 9, 2015.

Thank you, Mrs. President.

We thank the Director General for the Report on "The role of the ILO in the Ebola recovery process".

We take positive note of the actions set out in paragraph 6 of the document, in which the axes of intervention by the ILO for this stage of recovery, focusing on institutional capacity building, promotion of decent work, creation of work posts, strengthening of social protection systems in their different aspects, promotion of safety programs and occupational health and supporting the actions of regional cooperation are detailed. We consider these initiatives as valid and consistent with the ILO mandate to act on the recovery phase of emergency situations like this.

We particularly emphasize the cooperation activities provided for in Sections F and G of the document and stress that they should be developed on the basis of national and regional priorities set by African integration organizations and the countries concerned.

Cuba is proud to have been among the countries that responded immediately to the call to fight the epidemic in late 2014, sending 256 health professionals who worked for several months in six Ebola Treatment Centers in the three most affected countries: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

At this stage of recovery, Cuba continues to emphasize the importance of capacity building aimed at strengthening sustainable systems to deal with new outbreaks. To this end, we have helped train more than 13 thousand 200 people in 28 African countries.

We consider it important to emphasize that this modest contribution Cuba has been produced as part of an international cooperative effort involving various African, European and American countries, besides several organizations of the United Nations. This is the spirit that must also prevail in this recovery phase, in which the ILO will play an important role.

The joint collaboration has been echoed in our region. Late last year the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) held a Summit of Heads of State and Government to address this issue. Also, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held a workshop and two international training courses for health workers.

Mrs. President,

Although the worst of the health crisis has been overcome, severe economic, social and humanitarian impacts are kept which undoubtedly affect the labor field, as recognized in the Report of the Director General.

In this regard, we reiterate the urgent need to continue to mobilize fresh material and financial resources for Africa's development beyond this juncture. Also, we stress that it should respect the priorities identified by African countries and their regional and sub-regional organizations.

Only with a collective response and with the contribution of all, especially those with greater resources, we will be able to successfully face this challenge.

With these comments, Cuba will support the draft decision as set out in paragraph 30 of the Report.

Thank you.

 

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