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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

"The moment and common sense demand"

From Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez's Letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations, June 26, 2020

"Seventy-five years after the member states of this organization signed the United Nations Charter, strict adherence to its purposes and principles, to international law and the preservation of multilateralism are more important than ever. We are facing multiple crises as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with devastating effects, visible in all spheres of society, expected to last and aggravate pending global challenges. The international panorama is increasingly complex. Conflicts and the arms race are proliferating. Non-conventional wars for the purpose of domination, acts of aggression, unilateral coercive measures, the manipulation and politicization of human rights and disrespect for the self-determination of peoples are intensifying. Multilateralism is attacked, international agreements ignored and the role of organizations such as the UN and the World Health Organization is discounted.

At the same time, the current unjust international economic order deepens inequality and underdevelopment; while increasing poverty, hunger, marginalization and limited access to essential services, such as health care.

The moment and common sense demand that the international community set aside political differences and seek joint solutions to global problems through international cooperation." - Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez, Letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations, June 26, 2020

(Photo from a speech at the UN, 2018)



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