Cuba shares progress in compliance with the 2030 Agenda

Cuba shares progress in compliance with the 2030 Agenda

Havana, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Ministers and senior authorities of the Cuban government share this Friday with delegates of the 12th International Congress University 2020 about the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the country.

The forum was attended by the Minister of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) Elba Rosa Perez, the President of the Institute of Physical Planning Samuel Rodiles Planas, and the First Deputy Minister of Economy and Planning Rene Hernandez.

These officials made crystal-clear the Cuban government’s commitment to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its priority dimensions: economic, social and environmental.

Cuba shares progress in compliance with the 2030 Agenda

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education Alicia Alonso warned that universities trained professionals in the most diverse areas of development, who are responsible for implementing and enforcing the commitments established in the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda.

Alonso drew attention to the educational programs of the Cuban government and the link of its National Social Economic Development Plan until 2030 (PNDES) with the global Agenda approved by the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

In this regard, she stressed that the areas of study and development of Cuban universities are linked to virtually all SDGs and directly to the six axes that make up the PNDES.

Cuba shares progress in compliance with the 2030 Agenda

She explained these are: effective and socialist government and social integration; productive transformation and international insertion; infrastructure; human potential, science, technology and innovation; natural resources and the environment; and human development, justice and equity.

Among the current achievements of Cuba linked to the SDGs, she gave an example of how, from 1959 to date, 1,503,467 students graduated in the country’s universities and that in the 2018-2019 academic year alone they were 22,803.

She stressed that Cuban Higher Education institutions maintain 2,520 international cooperation deals, in the country 7,800 foreign students have graduated from 164 countries and 1,078 foreign students are currently being trained from 57 nations in their universities.


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Mexico travel agencies to start charter flights to Cuba

Mexico travel agencies to start charter flights to Cuba

Mexico, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Mexico’s wholesale travel agencies will start operating charter flights to Cuba, confirmed exclusively to Prensa Latina engineer Jose Manuel Covarrubias, executive of Viñales Tour.

This tour operator is the main manager of those flights that will begin on March 28 and will extend in this first stage until October with two weekly frequencies, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and will cover the Mexico City-Havana-Mexico City route.

He explained that authorization process by the Institute of Civil Aviation of Cuba (IACC) and the Ministry of Tourism is now ready, which is very important for Viñales Tour, one of the pioneer agencies in Mexico in the issuance of tourism to Cuba.

Covarrubias told Prensa Latina the charter flights will be on state-of-the-art rented aircrafts to the Mexican company Viva Aereobus. It is Airbus A-320 Neo equipped with 186 seats and large load capacity.

The idea, explained the executive, is to mix normal or circumstantial trips of plain or common passengers with the well-known traditional tourism packages offered by Viñales Tour with all-included, from hotel accommodation to transfers and other tourist product services.

He announced that pre-sales will begin immediately for which he invited potential travelers to make their reservations before March 31 to take advantage of the preferential and very competitive prices that will be provided until that date.

The goal, he noted, is to bring more tourism to Cuba, especially because Viñales Tour, as other agencies that will be incorporated into the charter program, has excellent marketing links with all Cuba’s national and foreign hotel chains, which are happy with this new initiative.


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Cuba implements New Urban Agenda to fulfill SDGs

Cuba implements New Urban Agenda to fulfill SDGs

Havana, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Physical Planning Institute (IPF) President Samuel Rodiles Planas noted that Cuba is implementing the New Urban Agenda (NAU), one of the commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

He underlined that for its execution, Cuba has designed a national action plan, one of the first in the world, which was acknowledged by the United Nations Program for Human Settlements (UN-Habitat).

The NAU has a transversal impact on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 65% of its goals, and involves all spheres of life, above all the people’s wellbeing and urban prosperity.

The NAU was approved by the UN and was signed by Cuba and other countries during the World Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), held in Ecuador in 2016.

Rodiles Planas explained that the NAU allows integrating and articulating the objectives and vision of its different components in a process of participative work coordinated by the IPF, with support from UN-Habitat and Cuban associations linked to urban design.

He pointed out that the NAU was assumed as a challenged to be implemented in Cuba’s context to move forward with economic, social, cultural and environmental equality, which will allow people to access decent houses and high-quality urban infrastructure.

In that regard, he underlined the importance of keeping the good levels of sustainability and resilience in human settlements.

The IPF president pointed out that the objective of implementing the NAU is to determine pertinent actions, policies and the priorities that will consolidate the cities and other human settlements as promoters of development.


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Venezuela’s President highlights complaint against US coercive measures

 Venezuela's President highlights complaint against US coercive measures

Caracas, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro highlighted this Friday the complaint filed at the International Criminal Court against the US government’s unilateral coercive measures against his country.

On Twitter, the president described such actions, harmful to the welfare of the Venezuelan people, as crimes against humanity, and ratified the right of the nation to peace and sovereignty.

‘We firmly and categorically denounce the US government to the International Criminal Court for its crimes against humanity, against the Venezuelan people who have the right to peace and self-determination. Stop So Much Aggression and Blockade, Venezuela Demands Justice,’ the head of State tweeted.

On February 7, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury exercised punitive actions against the Venezuelan Consortium of Aeronautical Industries and Air Services (CONVIASA), in a new episode of Washington’s hostile policy against Caracas.

Before the new onslaught of the White House, the Bolivarian Executive decided to go to the International Criminal Court of The Hague to file a lawsuit against the United States for the damages caused by coercive measures.

‘We are convinced that the aftermaths of unilateral coercive measures constitute crimes against humanity, they are widespread and systematic attacks,’ Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza expressed on Thursday.

The head of Venezuelan diplomacy stressed the fact that such actions, violating international law and the sovereignty of nations, seek a political end, a change of government through anti-constitutional channels.

According to a study conducted by the Center for Economic and Political Research – headquartered in the United States – economic aggressions requested by the opposition and applied by the White House are responsible for the death of at least 40,000 Venezuelans.


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Cuban Foreign Minister: Hostility against Cuba does not help Trump

Havana, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, said the hostile campaign against Cuba does not help Donald Trump, who seeks to be reelected this year in the upcoming presidential elections.

Trump obtained in 2016 the second worst result of Cuban votes in Florida among the Republican candidates. Hostility and measures to economically asphyxiate Cuba do not favor his election interests and affect Cubans heavily, wrote the diplomat on Twitter.

According to Rodriguez, the US president is badly advised by those who insist on the blockade against Cuba to raise his ratings.

Calculations made by the Cuban diplomatic mission to the United Nations confirm that nearly six decades of US blockade have caused damage for over 922.630 million dollars, but the human damage caused by the policy cannot be calculated.

During the last few months, for example, Washington began applying measures to prevent the supply of fuel to Cuba from different markets.

In 2019, the US government increased its hostile actions, imposing additional obstacles on foreign trade and increasing ‘the persecution of our banking financial relations with the rest of the world.’

Among the recent measures are the imposition of a thousand-dollar limit per quarter to the monetary remittance a person from the United States can send to Cuba, and the elimination of the permission to carry out U-turn bank transactions.

There is also the restriction on all flights from the United States to any Cuban air terminals excepting Havana.


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Putin accepts invitation to visit Cuba

Putin accepts invitation to visit Cuba

Havana, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Russia’s President Vladimir Putin accepted the invitation of his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel to visit the country, stated Russian Ambassador to Havana, Andrei Guskov.

‘Indeed, the invitation to visit Cuba that was sent to President Vladimir Putin was accepted,’ the diplomat told the Russian publication Sputnik.

The date for this trip ‘will be studied according to the agenda of the head of State, as well as the calendar of bilateral contacts of high and maximum level,’ he added.

During his second visit to Russia at the end of October, the Cuban president invited his Russian peer to visit Cuba. President Putin assured he would absolutely take advantage of this invitation.

Moscow and Havana have a political-economic relation described by their top leaders as strategic, which has deepened in recent years, with strong Russian investments in several vital sectors of the Cuban economy, deemed the news media.

Russia is Cuba’s second largest trading partner in Europe, and the fifth in Havana’s trade with the world, Sputnik added.

Ambassador Guskov commented on the cooperation programs between the two countries, which he considered beneficial for both sides.


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Mozart’s opera comes to the United States with Cuban performers

Washington, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) An adaptation of Mozart’s The Clemency of Tito work comes to the stage today at the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center in the United States, performed by a Cuban cast from the Lyceum Mozartiano in Havana.

Conceived for orchestra, choir, solo singers and dancers, the work is an adaptation of the opera conceived by the famous Austrian composer and pianist, and was adapted for the current production by the Cuban playwright and poet Norge Espinosa Mendoza.

This presentation at the Kennedy Center will do without a chorus and will feature an actor from the El Publico Cuban theater company.

Likewise, the presence of three dancers from the Caribbean island registered in the OtroLado company, with choreography by Norge Cedeño, stands out.

After its premiere this Thursday, the performances will continue Friday and Saturday in this capital, under the general direction of master Ulises Hernandez. The world premiere of this version of Tito’s Clemency took place last October in Cuba, during the fifth edition of the Havana Mozart Festival.

It is a significant piece for the world culture, the penultimate opera that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart premiered in life, in the National Theater of Prague, in 1791.


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Cuba boosts educational cooperation with Mexico and Ghana

Cuba promueve cooperación educacional con México y Ghana

Havana, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s Minister of Education Ena Elsa Velazquez Cobiella met this Wednesday with the Secretary of Public Education of the Mexican state of Puebla Meliton Lozano Perez, in the context of the 12th International Congress University 2020.

At the meeting, the Mexican official promoted collaboration with Cuba in areas of teacher training, work with the family and the reform process that takes place in his country, according to Velazquez on Twitter.

On Tuesday, the Cuban minister also had a profitable exchange with her Ghanaian counterpart Matthew Opoku-Prempeh in which the signing of a cooperation deal was closed and actions were coordinated to develop it, she tweeted.

On intervening yesterday at University 2020, the Cuban Minister of Education stressed that the precepts and aspirations of education in the country are reflected in the National Economic and Social Development Plan until 2030 and in the Constitution.

She assured that these directives establish the participatory nature of education and the responsibilities of the community, State agencies and bodies in its execution.

Regarding the improvement plans of the National Education System, she said that it is a consensual nation project that becomes an essential guide for education, including the participation of the family as a key pillar to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The minister noted that only the will of governments and society to work and think together; cooperating all with the same vision; paving the ways to guarantee popular action and participation; all these actions will allow meeting the goals of the 2030 Agenda.


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President Diaz-Canel receives New York’s archbishop

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Havana, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday met with New York’s archbishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who is on his first visit to Cuba.

Dolan arrived in Havana last Friday, at the invitation of Diaz-Canel and the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba, where he has been welcomed with hospitality and respect, according to a press release from the Presidency of the Republic.

During his stay, he has met with members of the Conference of Catholic Bishops and has visited places linked to the Church and other sites of interest, the source added.

Dolan also said several masses, including at the Minor Basilica of the Lady of Caridad del Cobre, in Santiago de Cuba, and the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Havana.

Cuba was represented at the meeting by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, who welcomed the cardinal earlier, and Caridad Diego, head of the Office for the Attention of Religious Affairs, which is attached to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Dolan also visited the 300-year-old University of Havana, where he paid tribute to Father Felix Varela, the precursor of Cuban nationality.


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Archbishop of New York highlights Cuba’s contribution to world health

Havana, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) The Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, highlighted on Wednesday Cuba’s contribution to the world in the area of health, through collaboration agreements and the training of medical professionals.

Nations usually unite for trade and war, but it is important that they unite for health, the religious reflected during a visit to the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), created in 1999 by the commander in chief, Fidel Castro, to train human resources from Third World nations, fundamentally.

According to Dolan, the center is a reference point for solidarity and humanism that is in line with the preaching of the Church, and he called it ‘a biblical example of values and solidarity.

I am impressed by your noble effort for the health of the world. May Jesus, the divine physician, bless you, as he wrote in the Visitors’ Book.

In statements to the press, while talking to American and Colombian students, he recognized the prestige of Cuban doctors and professors and the humanistic approach to the training of medical professionals on the island.

Diaz-Canel spoke on Tuesday with his guest, with whom he spoke in September 2018 in New York.

As part of his activities in Cuba, Dolan officiated several masses, among them, in the Basilica Menor de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, in Santiago de Cuba, and in the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Havana, and yesterday Tuesday he toured the almost 300-year-old University of Havana.


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