Cuba, UNESCO Stress Excellent Progress of Relations

Paris, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President, Raul Castro, and UNESCO”s Director General, Irina Bokova, stressed here today the excellent progress of relations between the Caribbean nation and that institution.

I want to congratulate the Cuban president for the ongoing transformation process and opening, Bokova said during a bilateral meeting at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

This is vital in these times of global transformation, when all countries are launching in the implementation of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, she said after stating that the institution will continue supporting the Latin American country in every step.

The official stressed that the horizon of cooperation between the two sides is wide, including the leadership in promoting the power of culture for sustainable development.

In this regard, she mentioned the recent delivery in Havana of the UNESCO/Jose Marti Prize to Mexican doctor Alfonso Herrera, and the UNESCO/Carlos Juan Finlay Prize to Japanese researcher, Yoshihiro Kawaoka.

Bokova confirmed the presence of Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO, Qian Tang, at the upcoming International Congress on Higher Education “University 2016,” to be held in Havana from Feb. 15 to 19.

He also praised the dynamism of the Cuban education, whose results were described as “very positive,” after having complied with the targets set by the international community in 2000.

On the other hand, Raul Castro stressed that the institution can count on the island’s collaboration for the development of education, science and culture, contributing to the development of humanity, freedom, and welfare.

Cuba is willing to cooperate with all countries of the world. In this regard, he mentioned his country’s role in the peace process in Colombia, from which it participates as a guarantor along with Norway.

The establishment of relations between the Organization and Cuba will turn 70 years in 2017, said a note released here.

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