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Cuba confirms its willingness to fight climate change at the UN

United Nations, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) Despite the obstacles imposed by the United States' blockade, Cuba confirmed its willingness to contribute to the global efforts against climate change, President Miguel Díaz-Canel stated on Wednesday.

The nation is committed to increasing energy efficiency, developing renewable sources and promoting less carbon-intensive development, as established in the economic and social plan drawn up until 2030, the Cuban head of State explained when speaking at the Climate Ambition Summit during the third day of the high-level week of the United Nations General Assembly.

This government initiative aims to increase power generation based on renewable sources by up to 24 percent and increase forest cover by up to 33 percent, which would prevent the emission of 169.9 million tons of carbon dioxide, Díaz-Canel added.

Other estimates bet on increasing efficiency and energy savings to prevent the emission of 700,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, in addition to less carbon intense land transportation, during the 2014-2030 period.

The head of State condemned the major obstacles to the country by the blockade imposed by the United States Government and its extreme intensification in recent years.

However, “our progress and objectives confirm our firm willingness to contribute to global efforts.”

Díaz-Canel also recalled Cuba’s drive to promote cooperation, particularly during this year at the helm of the G77+China.

Under the ongoing presidency of the bloc, Cuba shared projects to confront climate change in other vulnerable nations of the South, aimed at evaluating, mitigating impacts, strengthening capacities for disaster risk reduction and adaptation, as well as technical assistance.


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