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Cuba defended at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) a culture for peace in a world hit by terrible wars and terrorist actions.
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Juan Antonio Fernandez speaking at UNESCO
Our rich diversity is being undermined by the fanatical extremism of those who consider that their options are unique, said Juan Antonio Fernandez, representative of the Caribbean nation to the Executive Council of that institution.
They pretends to impose a monotonous and unacceptable uniformity, including through the deliberate destruction of the World Heritage sites, he said.
Fernandez stressed that the accelerating climate change, a consequence among other factors, of irrational patterns of production and consumption of the first world, threaten the survival of the human species.
He stated that Unesco makes an even greater contribution to the search for peace and the promotion of sustainable development, while reiterated the need of carrying out a holistic and comprehensive reform of that organization and its governance.
The Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Peace Zone in the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States held in Havana, establishes the respect for the principles and norms of the International Law and a peace culture in this effort, he said.
The official said education is essential to overcome ignorance. Science is the best antidote against obscurantism and the fight of viruses and pandemics.
Culture is the key to understanding the richness of diversity and appreciate the irreplaceable wonders of world universal heritage. The information and communication facilitate the mutual understanding and debate of ideas, he stressed. According to Cuba, there is no more urgent and necessary task that to concentrate all our energies and efforts in the implementation of the Post 2015 Development Agenda, which our Heads of State and Government recently adopted at the UN General Assembly, he added.
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