|Cuba Champions Strengthening of the UNCTAD
2012.04.26 - 11:55:29 / firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVANA, Cuba.- Rodolfo Reyes, Cuba’s ambassador to International Organizations in Geneva, called on Wednesday in Qatar to the achievement of an international monetary, financial and commercial system that is transparent, open, equitable, non-discriminatory and development-oriented.
In a speech delivered at the General Plenary Session of the 13th Ministerial Conference of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Reyes pointed out that this organization should sow awareness in favor of a fairer and more equitable world economic order.
The Cuban representative underlined that neo-liberal globalization has not proved to be an effective way to concrete our right to development, the www.cubaminrex.cu Web site reported on Wednesday. He added that his country, in spite of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States for over a century now, “lacking ethical or legal foundation and that has been rejected for 20 years in a row by the overwhelming majority of the international community,” continues its development with important social results.
Likewise, he reiterated Cuba’s willingness to continue sharing its experiences, supporting the work of the UNCTAD and defending its principles as the only viable alternative for the developing world.
We’ll continue contributing so the needs and interests of underdeveloped countries are a priority at the only international organization created for development, he concluded.
The 13th Ministerial Conference of the UNCTAD began in Qatar on April 21 under the slogan “Development-centered globalization. Towards inclusive and sustainable growth and development,” and will wind up on Thursday with the adoption of the Declaration of Doha.
Established in 1964, the UNCTAD is the main organ of the UN General Assembly in the spheres of trade and development, and carries out its mandate by way of the analysis of politics, intergovernmental deliberation, the search for consensus and negotiation, control, execution, monitoring and technical cooperation.
It’s made up by 190 member states, which meet every four years in a Conference, its supreme organ.
The previous Conference, UNCTAD–XII, was held in Accra, Ghana, in April 2008.