Paris, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) At the 14th session of the Intergovernmental Council (IGC) of the Management of Social Transformations Program (MOST), the UNESCO described the holding of the Subregional MOST School of the Caribbean in Cuba as a positive experience, diplomatic sources said on Monday.
Entitled ‘Building resilient societies through bridges between research and environmental adaptation to climate change in the Caribbean’, the meeting brought together representatives from 16 countries around a common challenge: the adaptation to counter the negative consequences of climate change.
Pedro Monreal, an expert from the UNESCO program, noted that in order to coordinate the successful subregional initiative, the new integration achieved among the UNESCO’s science programs, especially the Man and the Biosphere Program, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the Intergovernmental Hydrological Program, was vital.
He also noted the active involvement of the National Commissions and the Country Offices in the Caribbean.
The experience has raised interest in its replication in other fields and regions, Monreal pointed out.
In addition, the members of the Council congratulated Cuba and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the success of the initiative, which allowed visualizing the potentialities of the MOST Program as a platform to share experiences, debate and reflection on the issues that affect society. The Cuban ambassador at the UNESCO, Dulce Buergo, spoke at the session and expressed gratitude for the valuable support and collaboration provided by the Social and Human Sciences Sector to boost this commendable initiative that resulted in a concrete and positive example of the benefits of South-South cooperation.
In that regard, Buergo expressed her country’s satisfaction with having contributed to promoting that program with the Caribbean countries, which are united by common challenges, and repeated the commitment to continuing to support those efforts.
The Cuban diplomat noted the negative impact of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, as it is the main obstacle to the country’s development and worsens the impact of meteorological phenomena.