The achievements of the Cuban Revolution in terms of water are emphasized at the UN on the occasion of the World Water Day.
New York, 22 March. Emilio González Soca, Third Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations, emphasized the achievement accomplished by the Cuban Revolution in terms of water, as part of the celebrations for the World Water Day at the UN Headquarters.
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN, Vuk Jeremić, President of the General Assembly of the Organization, the Prime Minister of Tajikistan and Ministers addressing the water sector in countries like Bolivia, the United Arab Emirates and Spain, participated in the High-Level Interactive Panel organized in the Headquarters of the Organization. The focal point of this Panel was the International Cooperation in the water sector.
The Cuban diplomat also stressed that despite the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States Government on Cuba, his country has put its human capital, developed by the Revolution, at the disposal of many countries, mainly of Latin American, Caribbean and African countries.
In that regard, he emphasized that, at present, there are over 20 cooperation projects that has been proposed to Venezuela, Angola, South Africa, Ethiopia, Algeria and several countries of the Caribbean and Central America. Some of those projects are already in phase of implementation; mainly those relating to planning issues, the efficient use of water resources and the saving of water and energy in the supply systems.
The United Nations General Assembly established, in 1992, the celebration of the World Water Day every 22 March, and decided afterwards to declare 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation. That is the reason why today’s celebrations were devoted to the issue of international cooperation.