Permanent Mission to UN

Statement by the Delegation of the Republic of Cuba on item 45: Sport for Peace and Development: Building a Peaceful and Better World through Sport and the Olympic Ideal. 65 UNGA. New York, 18 October, 2010.

Mr. President,

The Charter of San Francisco established the basis of a new system of international relations, conceived to avoid the repetition of the terrible experiences of the two world wars of the 20th Century.

The main purpose enshrined in its first paragraph is “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” and to create a democratic and equitable international order focused on the respect for the dignity of all human beings by equal.

Six decades after the creation of the United Nations, the vast majority of the world suffers the consequences of the prevailing greatly unjust and unsustainable international order.

We are witness to a sad economic and social panorama, characterized by the combination of the economic and financial crisis, the food and energy crisis, and the negative impact of climate change, which puts the human species in danger.

Today more than ever, it is our duty to promote a peaceful international environment through solidarity, cooperation and multilateralism.

Mr. President,

Sports constitute a significant aspect of development both at national and international levels.

Sports strengthen the solidarity and friendship among peoples, as essential elements in the promotion of peace, development and cooperation among nations.

Since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, sports ceased to be exclusive in our country and became a right for the entire people. As a result, Cuba has attained significant achievements in regional and international competitions. 

We have fostered a pedagogic system that integrates Physical Education as part of the education in all its stages.

We work to achieve sport training of our children since their early ages, with a view to searching talents who might be future sports people supporting and raising the levels attained by our country in the international sports arena. Likewise, we oppose sport activities having money as only reward. We also denounce the talent drain in sports, which developing countries fall victim to. 

For years, the Cuban sports movement, led by the Cuban Olympic Committee and the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER) has selflessly collaborated in various countries of the South, by providing technicians, professors, and trainers. They modestly teach new sport training methods that contribute to enhancing sports results and increasing the number of people practicing sports, thus forging strong bonds of brotherhood and friendship among peoples.

Additionally, we have strengthened international cooperation by making the Institute of Sports Medicine and the Anti-doping Laboratory available to other countries, with the purpose of contributing to the fight against the scourge of drugs, which corrupts athletes and prevents having a fair competition.

Cuba created the International School of Physical Education and Sports, with the aim of training professionals with solidarity as their main value, able to change Physical Education and Sports in their country.

Another example of the priority we give to this matter is the holding in Cuba of the Third International Convention on Physical Education and Sports, last year.

Mr. President,

We wish to highlight as well, that the countries of the South also deserve to the venue of the Olympic Games, which is a framework to strengthening brotherhood and solidarity in sports. We are certain that the 2016 Olympics Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be a success for the entire South.

International solidarity must be promoted, including through the Olympic ideal, and all weapons created by this civilization will be unnecessary. Let us promote and sow ideas on peace and development, and we will have a better world.

Thank you

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