Broad agenda and active Cuban participation in Flacso Uruguay forum

Montevideo, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) The Fifth Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Social Sciences continues here with a broad agenda for debate and with the slogan ‘democracy, justice and equality’.

It is convened by the Latin American and Caribbean Faculty of Social Sciences (Flacso), which brings together academics from 18 countries through its affiliated teaching units. This entity is celebrating its 65 years of research work and contributions.

Dialogues on violence and peace, capitalism, digitalisation and society in Latin America,social inequalities and knowledge as capital, are the themes of this day.

On the opening day, Cuba was very active, as stated to Prensa Latina by Marta Rosa Muñoz, PhD in Educational Sciences, director of Flacso in the Caribbean island.

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She participated in the panel on Social Sciences and Climate Change. There she presented the experiences for risk management in adaption and mitigation projects in Cuba.she also explained about the support provided by Social Sciences to the work of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment and to the Cuban Environment Agency in the face of climate change.

It is a whole government program called Tarea Vida, in which various institutions and people participate, Marta explained.

In turn, Dr. Geydis Fundora participated together with colleagues from the region in the preparation of FLACSO’s III Regional Report.

Other works of Cuban researchers are present in thematic axes and round tables and will be published in December by Flacso Uruguay as part of the proceedings of this forum, which concludes tomorrow.

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Cuba calls for substantive decisions on financing at COP27

Algiers, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez on Thursday called to make substantive decisions on financing for losses and damages at the 27th Conference of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP27).

Developed countries must show political will and not delay the establishment of a fund for losses and damages at this UN Conference on Climate Change, the head of Cuban diplomacy wrote on Twitter.

To date, a consensus has not been reached so that the final declaration of the Conference can be pronounced with concrete proposals on the mechanisms to finance the losses and damages of developing countries and the fulfillment of the agreements established with a view to reducing emissions of polluting gases.

On Tuesday, when speaking at the high-level segment of COP27, Cuban Minister of Science, Technology and Environment Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya pointed out that the time to make the necessary decisions and take actions to reverse climate change is running out.

The Cuban minister called to boost climate solidarity, stop acting for individual economic interests, change unsustainable patterns of consumption, and help the most vulnerable.

She added that financial justice is required to make new and additional funds available to compensate losses and damages and take adaptation measures.

COP27 will end on Friday, after 13 days of sessions in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

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President of Cuba starts work agenda in Algeria

Algiers, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel congratulated his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmajid Tebboune, on his birthday and thanked him for receiving the Cuban delegation.

Díaz-Canel arrived on Wednesday in Algiers, first destination of his international tour, set to end on November 27th, and which also includes Russia, Turkey and China.

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The activities of the Cuban president in Algeria began with the laying of a wreath at Algiers Martyrs Monument, as a tribute to the fighters of the national liberation war.

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Essential issues for Cuba will be addressed during the visit, mainly related to the electric power sector, which is facing a complex situation caused by the shortfall of generation capabilities.

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The Cuban head of state wrote on Twitter that the visits are intended to boost efforts to alleviate the effects of a post-pandemic crisis that is overwhelming the entire world and which is worse for Cuba due, to the effects of the United States blockade.

The Cuban delegation is also composed by Vice Prime Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas and Alejandro Gil, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, and the Ministers of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, of Energy and Mines, Vicente de la O, and of Public Health, José Angel Portal.

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Over a hundred Cuban youths to attend regional congress

Havana, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) More than a hundred students and young people will represent Cuba at the XIX Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Students (OCLAE), to be held in Caracas, Venezuela, it was reported today.

The delegation was flagged off yesterday at the March 13 Park in this capital during a ceremony in which it was ratified as the main motivation of the delegates to show the anti-imperialist and Latin Americanist stance of the Cuban student organizations.

The Congress will be a space for the integration of youth and student forces who will share their experiences in solving division and the poor dialogue that marks the popular movements, as was told by Hamlet Alvarez, national president of the Federation of High School Students, to the Cuban News Agency (Agencia Cubana de Noticias).

He stressed that the Caracas meeting will be the extension of debates held in other meetings on issues such as democracy, human rights and environmental protection, which mark the agenda of the Latin American and Caribbean Continental Organization of Students (Oclae).

The Congress will be held in Caracas from November 16 to 22 and will be dedicated to the figure of Ernesto Che Guevara and to the Student University Federation of Cuba on its centennial.
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Díaz-Canel reaffirms will for dialogue between Cuba and United States

Havana, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has the will, with all due respect and the ability to be on equal terms, to establish dialogues with the United States and bring both countries closer, President Miguel Díaz-Canel noted on Monday.

After visiting stands of companies from the United States attending the Havana International Fair (FIHAV 2022), the Cuban head of State reaffirmed that for a long time “there have been lights” to establish commercial ties between the two nations.

We have never put up a barrier to it, it has been the economic blockade by the United States that has placed them, Díaz-Canel insisted in statements to reporters. Opportunities for foreign investment in Cuba are also open to US companies and Cuban Americans. “The important thing is to find the paths and business modalities by which we can move forward in this direction,” he added. However, although there is a will, economic restrictions prevent many of these negotiations, both for the US side and for ours, and even for companies from other countries, due to the internationalization of the blockade law, he warned.

Regarding the progress made in other sectors of Cuba-United States relations, Díaz-Canel recalled the migration talks held last week, where “a lot of progress was made.”

In addition, he said that he is yet to see how all the measures announced by President Joe Biden for Cuba around the Summit of the Americas will be implemented since most of them have not yet had an implementation course.

After the inauguration of FIHAV 2022, the largest commercial and exhibiting event in Cuba this morning, Díaz-Canel attended the celebration of Russia’s National Day at the event.

Later, he visited the stands of companies from China, Cuba, Spain, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States, among other countries, in Pavilion 7 of the Expocuba fairgrounds.

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Fight against US blockade, a priority at Peru-Cuba solidarity meeting

Lima, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) New actions to fight against the United States’ economic, commercial and financial blockade will be analyzed at the Peru-Cuba Solidarity Meeting, scheduled for November 25 and 26 in this capital.

The call was launched by the regional headquarters in Lima and the neighboring port of Callao of the National Coordinator of Friendship with Cuba to the binational friendship houses, solidarity committees, unions, youth and social organizations, and friends of Cuba.

The call states that the meeting will discuss actions to strengthen the fight against the US blockade, and the return of the territory illegally occupied by the US naval base in Guantanamo.

Likewise, it will deal with the media campaigns against Cuba, the internal subversion promoted by Washington and the inclusion of Cuba in the US unilateral list of countries allegedly sponsoring terrorism.

Participants will also address the organizational forms that must be developed to confront Cuba’s internal and external enemies and the socialist legacy for current and future generations effectively.

Participants will exchange ideas on the role of anti-imperialist social and political forces in the processes of change in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The meeting will evaluate the experience accumulated by the Peru-Cuba Solidarity Movement and, within this, its close ties with intellectuals, social, unions and youth organizations, and political personalities to establish a common strategy of anti-imperialist solidarity with the undefeated Cuban Revolution, organizers stressed.

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Spain sends humanitarian aid to Cuba

Madrid, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) informed on Monday that it has sent a humanitarian shipment to Cuba.

AECID said in a communiqué that last Saturday a humanitarian shipment was sent by sea to Cuba from its warehouse in Panama.

The shipment consists of basic products for the people most affected by Hurricane Ian.

The text pointed out that the items sent are worth some 100,000 euros.

The Spanish agency recalled that Ian was one of the most destructive hurricanes that have hit Cuba in recent years.

The hurricane landed in Pinar del Rio and affected 3.2 million people, according to the United Nations, in the provinces of Pinar del Rio, Artemisa, Havana, and Isla Juventud.

The AECID explained that this new contribution complements the appeal from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the first moments of the emergency, after Hurricane Ian.

The humanitarian shipment consists of 450 hygiene kits and as many kitchen kits, 900 sets of sheets, 450 jerry cans for water, 600 zinc sheets -for roofing- and plastic tarpaulins.

All this will be distributed by Pinar del Río’s Provincial Government to the most affected families.

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Havana trade fair FIHAV 2022 opens in Cuba

Havana, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The 38th edition of the Havana International Fair, FIHAV 2022, Cuba’s major trade and exhibition event, brings together more than 60 countries at the Expocuba fairgrounds this Monday.

Top-level delegations headed by ministers, high-level government officials, entrepreneurs, and other foreign actors from nations such as China, Russia, Spain, France, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, United Arab Emirates, and Laos are attending the fair until Friday, November 18.

About 400 Cuban state-owned companies, more than 70 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), and three non-agricultural cooperatives will strengthen links. They will explore trade and foreign investment opportunities in all sectors of economy.

Representatives of nine entities of the United States as exhibitors and another large group of US economic actors and prominent figures are also participating in FIHAV 2022.

Delegations from some 35 foreign chambers of commerce at different levels (sectoral, regional, national, and associations) will sign three trade agreements, such as those with Rwanda, Uganda, and Russia Business.

The 5th Investment Forum will take place within the framework of FIHAV 2022. Potential investors can update on the new commercial portfolio available for foreign capitals.

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Cuban FM calls for an end to measures that block climate action

Havana, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez today demanded an end to unilateral coercive measures that hinder climate action by developing countries.

In a message posted on the social network Twitter, Rodriguez said that the application of these punitive policies limits national efforts to make progress in climate action.

He added that Cuba demands an end to these measures incompatible with international laws.

The statements of the head of the Caribbean island’s diplomacy come as negotiations of the 27th Conference of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP27) resume in Egypt.

This Saturday from the Egyptian city of Sharm El Sheikh, where the summit is being held, the Cuban Minister of Science, Technology and Environment, Elba Rosa Perez, called for a greater global effort to reduce emissions of polluting gases.

The high-ranking official pointed out that this effort must be carried out under the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, and the fulfillment of the financing promises of the rich nations.

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Greater Caribbean bets on cooperation for economic development

Havana, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) The countries of the Greater Caribbean Basin are currently making progress in joint projects to boost intra-regional trade, the fight against climate change, disaster response and sustainable tourism, among other goals.

The 6th International Cooperation Conference of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), which took place this week in Havana, made it possible to reactivate international cooperation and solidarity initiatives in the region, after the break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This event, which took place from November 10 to 11 at the Packard Hotel, was attended by representatives of the 25 ACS member countries, associate nations and potential partners in collaboration.

It was also attended by leaders of international organizations such as the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People’s Trade Agreement.

During these two working days, they analyzed the work carried out by the organization after member and associate states approved the 2022-2028 action plan at a ministerial meeting in April.

ACS Secretary General, Rodolfo Sabonge, explained that the different special commissions approved the Implementation Plan and the 2022-2023 Work Plan, from which projects aimed at the protection and conservation of the Caribbean Sea, especially in the face of climate change and the reduction of risks due to natural or man-made disasters, are being developed.

Chairman of the ACS Ministerial Council, Mario Adolfo Bucaro, summarized that, with the theme “The Greater Caribbean united towards economic recovery and sustainable and safe tourism” as a starting point, the meeting reflected the love and affection that unite all Caribbean people.

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