President Diaz-Canel urges for right the wrong at COP28

Dubai, Dec 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel urged on Saturday at the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – COP28 to right the wrong.

On his speech at the round table on Means of Implementation, as part of the Global Stocktake session, Diaz-Canel stressed the need to urgently align commitments to defuse the current climate crisis.

COP28 is taking place in a context of multidimensional crisis, where the expectations created in 2015 by the Paris Agreement have not been met due to the attitude of developed countries that intend to shift the burden of their non-compliance to developing countries, the president deemed.

The head of State added that developed nations intend to erase their historical responsibility in the deterioration of the environment. In turn, they are reluctant to commit to the implementation of the necessary means to support climate actions in southern nations.

Diaz-Canel provided as an example that these advanced nations have been unable to meet the meager commitment of USD$1.0 billion per year to support climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries whose needs are increasing daily.


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US businessman John Felder makes his dream come true in Cuba 

Washington, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) African-American businessman John Felder feels that he will make history in Cuba, because after a long road of perseverance, the first electrical car exported from the United States reaches the island-nation.

It took him a long time to become the first beneficiary in more than six decades of a US Government’s license to sell electrical vehicles to Cuba, the founder and CEO of Premier Automotive Export, Ltd. (PAE), based in Columbia, Maryland, told Prensa Latina.

His interest is to promote the use of clean energies in a country that has the weather conditions for it, he said when commenting that he feels happy, “very happy to make the dream come true, it has been the result of hard work.”

I love the Cuban people because I feel that they also love me, he said about that reciprocal feeling he has received during his trips to Cuba, where he has also invested in the market of electrical motorcycles.

Thus, the first Tesla Model Y vehicle authorized by the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration will be officially delivered on Friday to a Cuban national during a ceremony organized by Felder in Havana, where the documentary film “Driving to Change” will be presented.

US filmmakers Peter and Pam Mc Neil brought to life the audiovisual, which was premiered in August in Columbia, where this businessman resides.

The short film tells this particular story, but one that could be inserted into the broader scope of the issue of US-Cuba ties.


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Cuban President talks with United Nations Secretary General

Dubai, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, held today a pleasant meeting with the secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, in the context of the COP 28 that is being held in this capital.

The Cuban president detailed in his X account that he ratified his country’s commitment to advance in priority issues for developing countries, which, despite being the ones that contribute the least to climate change, suffer exponentially its effects.

Díaz-Canel spoke this day at the World Summit on Climate Action as part of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 28) and said that peace is necessary to save the planet.

The head of state of Cuba shared a phrase of timely warning: “tomorrow is already today, and the clock is ticking”.


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Simply with Aleida Guevara, new audiovisual proposal by Al Mayadeen

Beirut, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) Once again, the pan-Arab channel Al Mayadeen offers its platforms to Cuba and its Revolution for “Simply with Aleida Guevara,” the new audiovisual proposal that will be broadcast in early 2024.

In a collaboration with the Havana-based Ernesto Che Guevara Study Center, the voice of the Cuban woman, internationalist and revolutionary will reach Arab and Latin American viewers through the TV screen, websites and social networks. Before the Al Mayadeen group, Lebanese, Palestinian and Egyptian political leaders, Aleida, the daughter of the heroic guerrilla fighter Ernesto Che Guevara, and the president of the Board of Directors of the multiplatform, Ghassan Ben Jeddou, announced the media and strategic project.

Aleida Guevara knows that since its beginning, Al Mayadeen has announced that it is part of the Global South, and that Latin America is an essential pillar due to its history of struggle, the multiplatform executive emphasized.

At the presentation, the prominent communicator expressed the network’s honor by offering international public opinion a space hosted by Aleida Guevara, which will contain comments and personal anecdotes in its first 54-episode season

According to Ben Jeddou, Aleida Guevara will address people heart to heart, in a simple and sincere way, to refer to the past in a language of the present, for the sake of the future.

For the prestigious journalist, Al Mayadeen is also interested in tightening bilateral cooperation with the Ernesto Che Guevara Study Center on a bilateral level.

He reaffirmed his commitment to Aleida, her family and the Center, devoted to promoting the study, work and life of the Argentine-Cuban fighter.

In this line of thought, he noted the Cuban doctor’s relationship with Al Mayadeen since its beginning, protected by the network’s respect for the symbols of the revolutionary struggle and internationalist resistance.

With humility and faithful to the principles of the Cuban Revolution, Aleida Guevara thanked the pan-Arab television station for the opportunity to keep her father’s legacy alive.

“What I like is to be able to tell something more about my father’s life for everyone, and if with this program many more people come to know Che, it will be something wonderful for me,” she said.

On the occasion, Cuban Ambassador Jorge León underscored the possibility of carrying Che Guevara’s revolutionary work with this project. He underscored the friendship and brotherhood between Al Mayadeen and the Cuban people.

Those present evoked Che’s example and significance for defenders of just causes worldwide.


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South Africa and Cuba strengthen cooperation in water sector

Pretoria, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuban and South African authorities have strengthened cooperation in water resources in this capital, where 20 years of bilateral cooperation in the sector were celebrated.

At the conclusion of the 7th South Africa-Cuba Joint Steering Committee, both countries agreed to expand cooperation to other areas, including infrastructure investment and planning, among others.

They would also cooperate in developing green energy, including hydroelectric power, in addition to addressing climate change and its effects on infrastructure and national disaster management.

According to the final statement signed by South Africa’s First Deputy Minister for Water and Sanitation, David Mahlobo, and Bladimir Matos, vice president of Cuba’s National Institute of Water Resources, a Joint Working Group will be established to draft a new agreement for the 2025-2030 period, which would be approved at the 8th Cuba-South Africa Joint Steering Committee, scheduled for September 2024 in Havana.

Lázaro González, coordinator of the Cuban brigade, stated that Cuban experts are working in South Africa in the operation and maintenance of pumping stations and systems, reservoirs related to power generation, and mining and food production.

After inking the agreement, the two sides recalled how the founding fathers of the accord, President Nelson Mandela and Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro, showed a spirit of brotherhood that has befitted the historic bilateral ties that were strengthened during the meeting.


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Cuban President meets with UAE business people

Dubai, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Díaz-Canel met on Thursday with business people from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and reviewed various business opportunities in Cuba to develop joint projects.

On his X account, the head of State noted that they analyzed issues related to sectors of common interest and to make bilateral economic, commercial, financial and cooperation ties more dynamic.

A new stage is opening in mutual relations, Díaz-Canel said at the meeting with business people from the such sectors as food production, tourism, renewable energy sources and the pharmaceutical industry.

After the meeting, Dubai’s Casa del Habano, the largest such establishment in the Middle East, was reopened, the Presidency of the Republic reported on X.

The chairman of Baquer Mohebi Enterprises and distributor of Habanos in the UAE, Mohammed Mohebi, explained that his country is the largest market for Cuban cigars in this region of the world.

The important Emirati businessman outlined the history and roots of cigars in his nation.

He spoke about the mystique of Cuba, of his Revolution, and particularly appreciated Cuba’s help at the hard times of the Covid-19 pandemic, when it sent doctors here.

Díaz-Canel arrived on an official visit to the UAS on Tuesday and to attend the COP28 Climate Change Conference, as part of the tour that will also take him to Qatar and Iran.

On Wednesday, the Cuban president held official talks with His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the UAE and emir of Abu Dhabi.

During the meeting, both parties confirmed the good state of bilateral relations and the willingness to continue strengthening political dialogue between the two countries.


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Díaz-Canel reaffirms unwavering support for Palestinian cause

Dubai, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel reaffirmed on Wednesday the unwavering support for the cause and legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people against the illegal occupation and genocide on International Day of Solidarity with Palestine.

On the X platform, Díaz-Canel stressed that “the countries of the world must settle the historical debt with Palestine by demanding peace.”

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez also expressed the “support and unwavering solidarity” of the Cuban people.

In his message on the same social media, Rodríguez demanded a ceasefire and the end of the genocide committed by Israel and noted that the world community cannot remain impassive in the face of disregard for international law.

Cuba has maintained its historic position of support for the Palestinian cause and defends a comprehensive, just, and lasting solution to the conflict based on the creation of two States.

Since the beginning of Israel’s aggression against the Gazan population on October 7, Cuba’s authorities, institutions, civil society organizations, and the population have expressed their rejection to the violence that has killed more than 15,000 Palestinians, including 6,000 children.

The Cuban president and other senior authorities recently led a march in the Cuban capital in solidarity with Palestine, which was organized by the Cuban Young Communist League (UJC) to demand an end to those attacks.

They also demanded a lasting solution to the conflict that would allow the Palestinian people to exercise their right to self-determination and have an independent and sovereign State within the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is celebrated on November 29 each year. The United Nations General Assembly adopted it in December 1977.

Díaz-Canel arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday to participate in the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) and to pay an official working visit.

This is Díaz-Canel’s first official visit to the UAE. He came accompanied by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez and representatives of other ministries, institutions, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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Cuba offers more investment opportunities in health sector

Havana, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) The health exporting sector in Cuba currently offers new opportunities to possible investors in this country, where there is a potential to develop several services in this sphere.

Yamila de Armas, president of Cuba’s state-run enterprise Comercializadora de Servicios Médicos Cubanos S.A., said her country has a portfolio of opportunities and remains open to other proposals.

De Armas expressed that we are committed to foreign investment in Cuba and accompany those entrepreneurs when they decide to do so in their own country.

She stated that investing in Cuba’s health is an extraordinary wealth. Cuba has more than 1,000 proposals with thermal mineral waters that spring up by themselves with a notable volume per minute.

Those who come to Cuba can take advantage of its beautiful beaches and include the enjoyment of thermal waters and the remaining natural destinations in their vacation. There are bathing thermal resorts in Cuba to invest in, and we have enough for this endeavor, taking into account the success of this business in other nations based on nature, sustainability, and quality of life, the functionary said.

The future of health in the world will be linked to personalized medicine, and Cuba has an advanced path in medical genetics.


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Cuba develops activities previous participation in COP28

Dubai, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban delegation to the 28th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) is developing today several activities prior to the start, tomorrow, of the event.

The Cuban delegation is completing details in the national stand at the Expo City in Dubai, where it will show some of the purposes and results of the implementation of the State Plan for the fight against climate change, known as Task Life.

In this area, standing out are the efforts to increase energy efficiency, expand the use of renewable sources, and promote a less carbon-intensive economic development, endorsed in the Cuban Economic and Social Development Plan until 2030.

For that date, Cuba has set a goal of increasing electricity generation based on renewable sources to 24 percent, in addition to an increase in forest coverage to 33 percent, which should avoid the emission of 169.9 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

The adoption and publication this year of the Law on the System of Natural Resources and the Environment is another important step that has become the main national regulation on climate change.


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Cuba and Sri Lanka’s province assess cooperation

Colombo, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Andrés González Garrido, and Governor of North Western province and Member of Parliament, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, reportedly assessed the possibilities for cooperation.

During a meeting, both officials also examined the relations between the two countries, according to a note from the Cuban Embassy in Sri Lanka.

North Western is one of the nine provinces of Sri Lanka. Its capital is Kurunegala, which has a population of 28,571 inhabitants.

This province is known mainly for its several coconut plantations. Other major cities are Puttalam, Kuliyapitiya, and Chilaw.

Fishing, shrimp farming, and rubber tree plantations are other prominent economic activities in the province, which has a population of over two million, according to an official census.


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