Permanent Mission to UN

Press Release. Highlights CELAC at the UN the importance of culture for the economic and social development of Latin-America and the Caribbean.

New York, 12 June
.- In an statement delivered today during the high level debate of the United Nations General Assembly on Culture and Development, Ambassador Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, Permanent Representative of Cuba highlighted on behalf of the Community of Latin-American and the Caribbean States (CELAC), the role of culture in the eradication of poverty, creation of employment and opportunities, as well as in the reduction of social inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Ambassador reaffirms the respect of CELAC for the cultural diversity characterizing the Latin American and Caribbean identities as multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual societies, which constitutes the basis for cooperation and actions aimed at achieving regional integration which, in keeping with the spirit and the principles of CELAC, “shall be built on the basis of respect for pluralism and the sovereign right of each of our countries”.

 “Our Community supports the adoption of the required measures to safeguard and recover traditional knowledge and wisdom of the indigenous peoples of the region, the Afro-descendant communities, as well as communities of other geographical origin which today are part of Latin American and Caribbean identities”, as well as their protection and the prevention of any form of discrimination or arbitrary action against them, emphasized the representative of Cuba.

In the statement was highlighted also the position of CELAC that “a globalized world and in the context of the global financial and economic crisis and other global interrelated challenges that affect the very existence of the human being, we are all responsible to make culture and its values, one of the milestones of the struggle for a sustainable world”.

In this debate, that took place at the UN headquarters in New York, with the participation of the United Nations Secretary General and the Director-General of UNESCO, the Cuban Ambassador highlight the results of the First meeting of Ministers of Culture of CELAC held in Paramaribo, Suriname, and the a landmark in history that constitutes the establishment of this organization with the goal of advancing political, economic, social, and cultural integration in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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