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Cuba urges rich countries to meet climate commitments

Cuba urges rich countries to meet climate commitments

Glasgow, Scotland, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's Minister of Science, Technology and Environment (Citma), Elba Rosa Pérez, urged developed countries here today to fulfill their financial and technological commitments to face climate change.
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The latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report corroborates the huge challenges set by the current climate crisis. For this reason, at this COP26 we must not miss the opportunity to give the response that humanity is waiting for, said Pérez when speaking at the summit sponsored by the United Nations.

The head of Citma pointed out that in the case of Cuba, science forecasts an increase in air temperature of up to 4.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century, a reduction in rainfall of between 20 and 60 percent, and an increase in the average sea level of 29 centimeters within 30 years.

In this regard, Pérez explained that the Cuban government designed a plan known as ‘Tarea Vida’ to face and mitigate the impact of climate change, which in its first stage included the relocation of a group of human settlements located in areas that will be under water by 2050.

We are preparing to achieve a low-carbon development strategy, said Pérez, who explained that all these tasks are being undertaken despite the tightening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. government against Cuba which lasts already six decades.

In that sense, the head of the Cuban delegation at COP26 reiterated her country’s rejection to any measure that implies the exclusion or limitation for some nations to receive international funds to implement their obligations under the Convention and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

COP26 in Glasgow will conclude this Friday, and is seen as the last chance to stop global warming, reduce carbon emissions to zero and provide funds to help poor and vulnerable countries cope with the impact of climate change or, at least, to mitigate its impact.


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