Havana, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel reaffirmed here on Thursday that the country has the requirements to integrate the United Nations Human Rights Council again in the period 2021-2023.
This February 25, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez presented the candidacy of Cuba for that instance, during his intervention in the High Level Segment of the 43rd regular session of this body, in Geneva, Switzerland.
We have morals and we are aided by the right, the Cuban president tweeted, posting a link to an article issued today in the Granma daily.
According to the journal, despite the US blockade, Cuba met the eight Millennium Development Goals and its goals, three of them before the deadline set in 2015, and has full commitment to the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Development Sustainable Goals, with some goals already achieved.
The solidarity vocation of Cuba, he set out, is shown in its support for Africa to fight against colonialism and apartheid, and in the fight against Ebola in that continent, and in the participation of over 400,000 Health system employees in 164 countries.
That work has allowed Cuban medical contingent Henry Reeve to obtain the Public Health Prize in Memory of Dr. Lee Jong-wook, awarded by the Executive Council of the World Health Organization, he underscored.
Also, thanks to the literacy program ‘Yes, I can’ (UNESCO-King Sejong Literacy Prize in 2006 and Mestres Prize 68 in 2012) over nine million people have been literate in over 30 States.
He sustains that among the most relevant examples of Cuba’s contribution to world peace stands out the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace during its Presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
Cuba was elected as a founding member of the UN Human Rights Council from 2006 to 2009, and a member in the periods 2009-2012, 2014-2016 and 2017-2019, being in the latter case the most voted country in the region.
From June 2011 to June 2012, Cuba assumed one of the Vice Presidencies of the Council, representing Latin America, recalls the newspaper’s article.