FAO Praises Cuba’s ‘Life Task’ to Face Climate Change

Rome, May 22( Prensa Latina) The Assistant Director-General for Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rene Castro, praised today Cuba”s ”Life Task” to face climate change.

Castro made the presentation of the Cuban Minister of Science, Technology and Environment (Citma), Elba Rosa Perez, who was invited to present the island’s plan to respond to the growing adversities of the climate at the headquarters of the international organization in this capital.

FAO expert acknowledged this is an issue with a lot of experience in Cuba and recalled that many years ago the deceased former Citma Minister Rosa Elena Simeon ‘explained to us how the island was preparing for hurricanes and droughts’.

She helped ‘many people in Latin America to understand some of the things that were happening at that time,’ Castro added.

After listening to the exposures, Castro invited the minister to participate next week in a dialogue between the heads of Environment and Agriculture on Biodiversity in the long term, in which it would be interesting to have ‘this perspective of Cuba towards what they call an intersectional relationship’.

He also asked the Minister to collaborate with Cuban experts and FAO-funded projects to reach faster agreements on South-South cooperation and to find more agile responses to the current problems on how to deal with climate change, especially in island nations.

Supported by videos and digital presentations, Citma Minister explained to FAO’S ambassadors and representatives of various countries, the six strategic actions, basically associated with the protection of human lives, livelihoods and food, in addition to the 11 Tasks of the State Plan.

Of the latter, number 10 was particularly highlighted , which refers to prioritizing measures and actions to raise the perception of risk and increase the level of knowledge and the degree of participation of the entire population in the fight against climate change and a culture which promotes water saving.

A document, as the Minister explained, called Task Life, inspired by the phrase of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, when he attended the Rio Summit on June 12, 1992, and expressed: ‘An important biological species is in danger of disappearing due to the rapid and progressive liquidation of its natural living conditions: man.’

This plan, Perez added, is based on the results of scientific research in this field and represents a wake-up call to the urgent need for a set of measures.

The Cuban Minister is making a three-day visit to Italy since Monday and she will chair the Third Joint Committee made up of Citma and the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of the Territory and the Sea (Maptm) of this country.

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