Press Release. Cuba champions at the United Nations the Achievements attained in Programmes for the welfare of the child.
New York, 2nd February.- During the holding of the first regular session of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is taking place in New York from February 2nd to February 4th, 2016, the achievements made by Cuba in terms of social development in defense of the interests and welfare of the island’s children were, by far, welcomed.
Carlos Fidel Martín Rodríguez, Official from the International Economic Organizations Division of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment of the Republic of Cuba, who takes part in these meetings in his capacity as Member of the Board, at the opening session stressed the efforts the country is already undertaking to include and harmonize 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals in the National Development Programmes, which grant priority and focus on the interests of children.
The Cuban official stated that despite the systemic presence of the economic, commercial and financial blockade, which is still imposed on the Caribbean country, for the eighth consecutive year, the infant mortality rate remained below 5 per 1000 live births. This indicator ratifies the island among the top 20 nations worldwide and first in the Americas. In like manner, the child mortality rate is 5.7 per 1000 live births, which places the island among the top 40 countries with the lowest indicator, he added.
Finally, the auditorium welcomed the certificate granted in early 2016 by the World Health Organization authenticating the Caribbean island as the first country in the world to eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV-AIDS and syphilis.
Delegate Martín Rodríguez thanked the commendable work undertaken by UNICEF in our region, especially in our country. To conclude, he reiterated the readiness of the country to develop triangular cooperation projects, based on the strength and potential of the country in defense of the interest of the child.