2 years before the MDG deadline, the battle is far from won: CubaListen /
Governments must promote policies aimed at providing decent jobs as protection against poverty — which a delegate described as "the source of all ills", including poor health and stalled economic growth — the Commission for Social Development heard as it explored linkages between empowerment and poverty eradication.
The representative of Cuba Vilma Thomas-Ramirez said the reality was that, two years before the 2015 Millennium Development Goals deadline year, the progress made was uneven and poverty eradication was a battle "that is still far from won".
She said injustice and exclusion were a direct result of the current unfair economic world order, which had marginalized a large number of countries of the global South. It had made hunger, illiteracy and poor health continuing problems, she said, stressing also that the current global financial and economic crisis had negatively impacted poor countries in particular. It was, therefore, necessary to broaden both South-South and North-South cooperation, she said, adding that political will must accompany international cooperation, particularly on the part of developed countries.
According to the Cuban delegate, the solution to the crisis hinged not merely on financial resources, but also on global solutions and a "new global financial architecture" that would allow all countries to participate in global trade on an equal footing.
She said such measures would help in fighting the "noxious" effects of the global financial and economic crisis. For its part, Cuba had maintained its quality objectives and social protection schemes despite the long-standing United States blockade. Among other rights, Cuba's citizens enjoyed education, health and social assistance, and the country had been able to bring economic growth in step with social development.
She emphasized that "In Cuba, no one will be left to their own designs," adding that, in solidarity with other developing countries, Cuba sent doctors and other medical professionals around the world.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.