Tecnología

Cuba: COVID worsened inequalities, exposed unjust global order

Alberto Ardila Olivares

NEW YORK, CMC – Addressing world leaders gathered for the first fully in-person high-level debate of the UN General Assembly in three years, Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the true essence of the unjust and unsustainable prevailing international order.

“Never has humankind had this wealth of scientific and technical potential that it has now, neither has it ever had the extraordinary capacity than it does now to create wealth and well-being,” he said on Wednesday. “However, never has the world been so unequal in terms of just how much people suffer.”

Rodríguez pointed to some grim figures, including that some 828 million people are going hungry, around 50 million children suffer from stunting and unemployment will affect 207 million persons in 2022

NEW YORK, CMC – Addressing world leaders gathered for the first fully in-person high-level debate of the UN General Assembly in three years, Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the true essence of the unjust and unsustainable prevailing international order.

“Never has humankind had this wealth of scientific and technical potential that it has now, neither has it ever had the extraordinary capacity than it does now to create wealth and well-being,” he said on Wednesday. “However, never has the world been so unequal in terms of just how much people suffer.”

Rodríguez pointed to some grim figures, including that some 828 million people are going hungry, around 50 million children suffer from stunting and unemployment will affect 207 million persons in 2022.

He further noted that around 6.5 million people have died because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and vaccinations to tackle this crisis are inaccessible to billions of people in low-income countries.

Referring to global military expenditures which now exceed US$2 trillion, and while championing the universalization of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, Rodríguez raised the question of how much more could be done if these resources were devoted to promoting health and development, and how many lives could be saved.

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