UNESCO’s International Science School Begins in Cuba

Havana, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The International Science School of UNESCO began here today with the presence of representatives of 13 Member States of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), as well as Puerto Rico, to exchange on tackling climate change.

It is impossible to achieve the goals of sustainable development without scientific progress because this is a phenomenon requiring measures based on the knowledge provided by scientific evidence, said America Santos, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Environment (Citma) during the opening of the event.

Met in the capital’s National Hotel until June 1, the delegates from Cuba, Puerto Rico, as well as the Caricom member countries, with the exclusion of Montserrat and Belize, will discuss issues focused on the building of resilient societies through the links between research, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the Caribbean.

The inaugural session was dedicated to the Life Task, Cuban State Plan for tackling climate change, approved by the Council of Ministers on April 25, 2017 and endorsed by the Parliament on July 14 of the same year.

In that sense, Santos referred to the danger of rising sea levels due to hurricanes and extreme weather events, which produce coastal flooding, as well as destruction of natural heritage and those buildings near the coast.

The official also highlighted the strategic actions developed in Cuba to deal with climate change, including planning in the determined times of the processes of urban reorganization of the settlements and threatened infrastructure.

The main tasks to be implemented included the conservation and recovery of the sandy beaches of the Cuban archipelago, the availability and efficient use of water to face drought, as well as direct reforestation towards the maximum soil protection.

According to Santos, the UNESCO’s International Science School is a success that should be assumed as a starting point for new projects and initiatives that allow us to advance in a common goal: to provide the population with the adequate resilience capacity to face the effects of climate change.

Nada Al-Nashif, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, also said that she was proud of this opportunity for exchange among the Caribbean countries, from which she expects to obtain favorable results.

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