Cuban Minister of Science, Technology and the Environment Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya affirmed this Wednesday that her country is making progress in the fight against the climate crisis, despite the “tightening of the blockade” imposed by the U.S. government.
In her intervention before the plenary session of the COP26 climate summit, the Cuban official denounced the measures that lead to the “exclusion or limitation for some countries” to receive international funds, which makes it difficult to implement “their obligations to the convention and the Paris Agreement.”
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During her speech, Pérez Montoya listed some of the goals achieved by her government after the end of the first stage of the “State Plan against Climate Change,” also known as “Tarea Vida,” as well as other measures designed for the coming years.
“All of the above is being done despite the tightening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States government against Cuba,” stressed the minister, who said that “the real impact” of the initiatives presented during this summit will depend “on the developed countries’ fulfillment of commitments regarding financial resources, technology and capacity building.”
The Cuban official insisted on the need to adopt a “global goal” and a “work program” focused on creating a “new financial commitment” based “on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.”
In her speech, she quoted Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who maintains, she said, that a part of the “millions worth” dedicated to the “arms race” would be enough to “support actions in favor of the climate.”
The Scottish city of Glasgow is hosting until December 12 the COP26, a summit organized by the United Nations on climate change.