HAVANA – Mexico transferred on Tuesday the chairmanship of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to Cuba for the 2018-2020 biennium during the opening ceremony of the panel’s 37th session in the capital city of Havana.
In his first address as Cuba’s president before a multilateral forum, Miguel Diaz-Canel pledged his country’s support to ECLAC in favor of regional integration, sustainable development and the quest for a “fair, equal and inclusive” world.
Diaz-Canel also praised Mexico’s work during its tenure at the helm of ECLAC and underscored “Cuba’s firm commitment” to the institution.
“The common good is preferable to the wealth of a few,” said the president, quoting Cuban independence hero Jose Marti.
ECLAC’s 37th session – which ends Friday – will focus on an agenda aimed at achieving sustainable development and rethinking cooperation, emphasizing the fight against inequality, which is considered to be the main stumbling block to prosperity for Latin American and Caribbean countries.
The opening ceremony, which was attended by more than 25 ministerial level officials from throughout the region, also featured addresses by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Barcena.