At a joint Ministerial Meeting of the G77+China and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Cuba’s contribution to promoting unity, solidarity and cooperation among the nations of the South, and the preponderance given in its pro tempore work in 2023 to education, science, innovation and culture as tools for sustainable development was highlighted.
The forum took place in the context of the 42nd General Conference of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), attended by a Cuban delegation, headed by Minister of Education Naima Ariatne Trujillo and made up of Ambassador to UNESCO Yahima. Esquivel.
On behalf of the UNESCO Chapter of the G77+China, its president, Palestinian Ambassador Mounir Anastas underlined Cuba’s interest in reinforcing the work of the bloc, made up of 134 member States.
Elman Abdullayev, permanent delegate of Azerbaijan, the country that presides over the NAM, congratulated Cuba for its performance.
Uzbek Deputy Foreign Minister Bakhromjon Aloyev, in turn, acknowledged Cuba, Palestine and Azerbaijan for fulfilling their responsibilities.
The delegations of Kuwait and Djibouti underscored Cuba’s cooperative work.
In her speech at the ministerial meeting, Trujillo repeated Cuba’s conviction that only through unity, solidarity and international cooperation will the countries of the South be able to respond to their legitimate aspirations for development in a world of so many challenges, including conflicts, climate change and the economic crisis.
She reviewed some of the relevant moments of Cuba’s Presidency of the G77+China, including the forums held in Havana in February by the ministers of Education; in May by the ministers of Culture, and in July by the ministers and top authorities for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.
Trujillo noted the relevance of the recent Summit of Heads of State and/or Government of G77+China on “The Current Challenges of development: Role of Science, Technology and Innovation,” which was held in the Cuban capital.