Cuba and the UN agree to reinvent the post-pandemic world

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Havana (Prensa Latina) The world in which we live presents cracks, ailments and flaws that Covid-19 has exposed, especially when the epidemic has so far wreaked its greatest havoc in several of the countries that represent the world’s economic power; this extends its influence to the rest of the planet.

It should not be forgotten that the new coronavirus was unleashed in China, a nuclear power, and that it disputes the economic and also military preponderance of the United States.

The Chinese managed to stop the epidemic caused by the new coronavirus, which spread like a relentless plague to the west, with Europe as the subsequent epicenter of the pandemic.

More than four months after the first infections, today the United States is the global epicenter of the pandemic, followed at least in the Americas by Brazil, Peru and Chile.

The world leadership of the United States is now being questioned for its response to the disease, when there are five states reporting record numbers of infections and 33 more daily reports than the average so far.

The pandemic has claimed thousands of lives and sickened millions. It does not distinguish between rich and poor, although the latter account for the majority of deaths.

In this context, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, presented an action plan with the measures adopted by the multilateral organization in the face of Covid-19 and the projections to fight the pandemic.

The initiative sets out a forward-looking policy agenda to help countries better recover from the pandemic, and to address the needs of the most vulnerable.

We cannot recreate the systems that aggravated this crisis, Guterres said. There is an urgent need to build back better with more sustainable, inclusive and gender-equal societies and economies, he said.

According to the Portuguese, who represents all of us, this is the time to invest in energy sources that do not pollute or cause emissions, but generate decent jobs and save money.

The plan calls for a three-pillar strategy, beginning with a coordinated and comprehensive health response, guided by the World Health Organization.

It also includes elements to address the devastating socio-economic, humanitarian and human rights aspects of the crisis generated by the disease, and to create the right conditions for the recovery process.

A microscopic virus brought catastrophic consequences to our world, the pandemic exposed serious and systemic inequalities, the UN head noted.

Many people are increasingly losing confidence in political establishments and institutions, and now more than ever, leaders must be humble and recognize the vital importance of unity and solidarity, he urged.

The UN family is now mobilizing to save lives, control the transmission of the virus, alleviate its economic consequences, and support efforts to accelerate research and development of a vaccine accessible to all, he said.

In the face of challenges, Guterres stressed the importance of multilateralism and the need to follow the principles of the UN Charter.

The UN is firmly committed to leading post-pandemic renewal, but it is difficult to achieve a transformation of global governance mechanisms without the active participation of the world powers, whose current relationships are highly dysfunctional, he said.

The U.N. secretary-general expressed his intention to discuss these issues with world leaders next September in whatever format needs to be adopted during the high-level debate of the General Assembly.

He suggested beforehand: We must come together to re-imagine and reinvent the world we share.

But Guterres and the international community are lacking fellow travelers in their efforts to reinvent the world we live in after the epidemic.

The United States is unaware of multilateralism and will not be a traveling partner of the UN in this laudable endeavor.

It is enough to remember that Washington did so with the World Health Organization in the midst of the pandemic, which will leave the international body without at least $900 million to address the health crisis in the poorest countries, particularly in Africa.

Another reality: the White House, in the times of Covid-19, reinforces its arrogant role as judge and punisher by imposing unilateral sanctions on several countries that coincide in moving outside the hegemonic orbit of Donald Trump’s administration.

One of those nations is Cuba, which today has the new coronavirus under control while the northern power that applies a strict blockade on all human activities exhibits a record of positive cases.

Moreover, Washington included the Cuban experts who today save lives in more than 60 countries on the planet as slaves and subjects of human trafficking. That is how it reads on the unilateral list issued each year by the U.S. State Department on the issue.

According to the Cuban government, it is a fallacy to reinforce the blockade. Especially when both countries share actions of cooperation against the pandemic in several nations.

And even more so when the one in the largest of the Antilles is claimed and received by governments traditionally allied with Washington. Read France, United Kingdom, Italy and Andorra, where health experts from Cuba are helping to combat the Covid-19.

Simplifying things, the U.S. government is erratic in the face of the pandemic, while the small Caribbean island shows results and collaborates with dozens of countries, even under conditions of blockade.

This is happening when the United Nations Charter, which governs the principles of international relations, celebrated its 75th anniversary on June 26.

This merited a letter from the President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, to the UN Secretary General, in which he ratified the support of the largest of the Antilles for the principles of the world’s charter. Seventy-five years after the States members of this Organization signed the United Nations Charter, the strict adherence to its purposes and principles, to International Law and to the preservation of multilateralism become more relevant than ever, wrote the Cuban leader.

In his letter, Díaz-Canel referred to the multiple crises that the world is facing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, “whose devastating effects, visible in all spheres of society, are expected to last and are added to the pending global challenges”.

The international scenario is increasingly complex. Conflicts and the arms race are proliferating, he said.

He referred to the intensification of unconventional wars for purposes of domination, acts of aggression, unilateral coercive measures, the manipulation and politicization of human rights and disrespect for the self-determination of peoples.

He added that multilateralism is under attack, international agreements are ignored and the role of organizations such as the UN and the World Health Organization is disregarded.

The Cuban head of state argued that the current unjust international economic order deepens inequality and underdevelopment, and increases poverty, hunger, marginalization and lack of access to essential services for life, such as health.

Momentum and common sense are forcing the international community to set aside political differences and seek joint solutions to global problems through international cooperation, he said.

At first glance, and between the lines, the harmony between the UN action plan, the position of its secretary general, and that of Cuba, expressed in the letter from the island’s president, is verifiable.

Cuba and the UN agree on the need to open a new world after the victory of the Covid-19, in which solidarity, multilateralism, respect for diversity, defense of the environment and other principles of the UN Charter must prevail. The Charter does not get old, except when it becomes inoperative due to the disrespect of the one who should be its greatest supporter, the United States of America.

(Taken from PL)

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