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Cuba attends 6th UN Environment Assembly

Havana, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) A Cuban delegation is participating in the 6th United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6), which began in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday, to analyze the triple planetary crisis: climate change, loss of biodiversity, and pollution.

According to a press release from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX), the Cuban delegation is led by First Deputy Minister of Science, Technology, and Environment (CITMA) José Fidel Santana. It is developing an intense work program that will include meetings with environmental authorities of Member States, the United Nations System, and other organizations.

The Cuban representatives will actively participate in draft resolutions and High-Level Dialogues defending the positions of developing countries, especially Small Island Developing States, demanding urgent action to address the enormous environmental challenges of climate change.

According to the event’s organizers, UNEA-6, which runs until March 1, marks the beginning of a new era of multilateralism focused on environmental issues and other global issues such as peace, security, and health.

After the years marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Assembly also serves as a space to analyze the current socio-economic uncertainties and growing geopolitical tensions.

The 5th United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) made history in 2022 when a resolution was adopted to begin negotiations on the first global treaty on plastic pollution.

The United Nations Environment Assembly recognizes the positive results of environmental cooperation over the past two years, including the so-called High Seas Treaty to conserve marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction or the agreement on loss and damage financing for vulnerable countries signed at COP28.