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Cuban President stresses the need for unity ahead of global crisis

Havana, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Thursday laid stress on the pressing need to foster unity and international solidarity in order to face serious problems the world is facing.

At the International Meeting in Solidarity with Cuba and against Imperialism, the Cuban leader pointed out poverty, inequality, hunger and lack of access to education as urgent issues to be solved.

He said that in the midst of the most colossal scientific and technical development, the world has gone back three decades in terms of poverty reduction, and today 800 million people in the world suffer from hunger, 760 million, mostly women, do not know how to read or write.

The so-called Third World, he said, has more than 84 million children out of school and over 660 million people with no power service, and only 36% of the population uses the Internet in the least developed and developing countries.

Díaz-Canel explained that by turning to the financial markets, the nations of the South have faced interest rates up to eight times higher than those of developed countries, while military spending in developed countries increased significantly this year.

In this regard, he stressed the need for unity and solidarity to change the current international economic order, and to ensure that fewer resources are allocated to weapons and more to poverty reduction and education.

He pointed out war is the language used by the theoretical powers to solve conflicts, while poverty is growing and the impacts of climate change are increasing.

There is a depletion of natural resources and a growing inequality between rich and poor, which explains and expresses the limits to which the current international economic order has reached, he remarked.