United Nations recognizes Cuba's role in South-South cooperation

United Nations recognizes Cubas role in South South cooperationCuba has a long tradition in South-South cooperation and a strong presence in the countries of the region, most notably for its development in health and education, said in this capital Myrta Kaulard, resident coordinator of the United Nations System (UNS) in the country.


"States in the region have much to learn from the island, as the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences is a fundamental element for achieving the objectives of both the Millennium Development Goals as Sustainable," said Kaulard.

She referred to Cuba's rapid response to natural disasters, and said it is necessary to share its model of Civil Defense, as well as its legal framework and methodologies, which allow the effective functioning of that entity.

"Cuba has very important achievements, particularly in health, the spread of HIV-AIDS is very limited, and recently the elimination of mother to child transmission was certified," said Kaulard.

She recalled that during her stay in Haiti Cuban doctors supported that nation affected by cholera, and said that the missions are a strength and a way to share knowledge.

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Funded by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), the project focuses on the changing dynamics and implications of South- South cooperation, in the context of South Africa's avowed commitment to this cause in its international relations. The need to understand the complexities of South-South dynamics and their implications for foreign policy is particularly urgent for South Africa, which, while working to advance South-South multilateralism, must also contend with the corresponding need to remain true to other universal values underpinning its foreign policy as well as guarantee the specific interests of its immediate environment, that is, the African continent.

Key Themes

In recent times, South-South cooperation has received renewed attention, inspired mainly by the emergence of new southern clubs such as IBSA, BRICS and CELAC. This trend reflects a growing push by developing countries to respond to current global challenges in a coherent and concerted manner.

 

Aims and Objectives of The Project

The aim of the project is therefore to contribute, through critical research and dialogue, towards a nuanced understanding of contemporary South-South cooperation. In particular, it seeks to appreciate the basis on which countries in the South cooperate or compete with one another, and the implication of these dynamics for South Africa's policy.

 

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