Summit on science and technology announced in Cuba

The meeting, which will take place in Havana this year, is part of the objectives of the Caribbean nation as the 2023 president of the Group of 77 plus China, a position he assumed this Thursday during a ceremony at the headquarters. of the United Nations in New York.

In his speech to assume this responsibility, which for the first time is assumed by Cuba, Rodríguez stressed that “we will defend science, technology and innovation as drivers of sustainable development, taking as a starting point the acquis of the G77 on the matter and we will promote a common roadmap to face present and future challenges”.

The Minister warned that “scientific and technical development is today monopolized by a group of countries which monopolize the majority of patents, technologies, research centers, registration of new products and promote the exodus of talents of our countries”.

He stressed that “the South has great potential in terms of science, technology and innovation and we must unite, complement each other, integrate our national capacities so as not to be relegated to future events.

He stressed that the Havana meeting will pursue this objective, drawing on the wealth of experiences in the matter that the 135 countries that currently make up the treasury of the G77.

In his speech, Rodríguez cited many examples of the deep inequalities between rich and poor countries and warned that unequal access to vaccines, the digital divide, the burden of external debt, food insecurity, restrictive trade measures and other issues without being addressed in their full dimension.

He assured that from the presidency of the G77, Cuba will seek to consolidate the unity, presence and influence of the group and to guide the work “in a flexible and always constructive manner based on consensus” to put into practice the transformative vision that this group defends. .

He stated that it will be a priority to “promote international solidarity and cooperation in support of the post-pandemic recovery of nations, as well as work to materialize southern cooperation projects in the field of health, biotechnology, education, the fight against climate change”. and disaster prevention.

The G77, the largest bloc of nations within the UN, welcomes two thirds of the members of the world organization and 80% of the population of the planet.

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