Speaking at the General Policy Debate of the forum, the head of Cuba’s delegation pointed out that achieving peace and sustainable development are essential and urgent objectives, and affirmed that her country shares those desires, which are in line with the mandate of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The Cuban minister noted that the international arena is increasingly dangerous and challenging, putting human survival itself at risk like never before by aggravating and perpetuating the structural problems of underdevelopment, already accumulated and with economic and social dimensions and impacts, educational, food, cultural, climatic and ethical.
However, she insisted that in the face of such complex circumstances, noble objectives cannot be assumed as a chimera.
“It is this communion of difficulties and aspirations that calls us to articulate ourselves, respectfully, above all in pursuit of peace,” she stressed on the third day of the UNESCO General Conference, which will end on November 22.
According to Trujillo, the international community has education, science, culture and communications as noble weapons and the most effective instruments in the construction and defense of a superior world.
A world that encourages all people to have access to free, inclusive, equitable and quality education, in which science is a function of development and channels its ethical dilemmas from social and human responsibility, and in which culture is reinforced as a driver of sustainable development, she stated.
The Cuban minister of education defended the contributions of this different and better planet to reduce digital and technological gaps, to access information and knowledge, and strengthen democracy, respect for cultural diversity, solidarity, inclusion, the fight against discrimination, gender equality and freedom of expression.
In her speech, she repeated Cuba’s deep commitment to UNESCO and the values it represents, and highlighted that last year, Cuba commemorated the 75th anniversary of its membership in the organization.
There have been more than seven decades of joint action in the promotion of shared values and uninterrupted cooperation, which have made it possible to work to eradicate illiteracy, promote education as a fundamental human right, sciences based on the human being, full access to culture and the protection of heritage, Trujillo noted.