SANTA CLARA.-Cuba is a worldwide reference for its sustained work to preserve and protect the environment, and for prioritizing a model of sustainable development, said Consuelo Vidal-Bruce, resident coordinator of the United Nations System in our country, in the act for the World Environment Day held in Villa Clara, province awarded the venue of Environment’s Day activities this year.

The representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations stressed Cuba’s application of programs to protect natural resources, such as water, soil, coastal areas, forests and to increase the sources of renewable energy, among other actions, which makes Cuba an example to follow, said the representative.

She also welcomed the implementation of the Life Task, a state plan of great scope to address climate change. This state plan is of special value given the geographical condition of the Caribbean archipelago, said Vidal-Bruce, who also recognized the strategic significance of this plan for the present and the future of the nation.

Minister of Science, Technology and Environment Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya confirmed that the tightening of the blockade against Cuba will not divert Cuba from the path of defending life on the planet. She also acknowledged the sustained work of Villa Clara in the application of the policy to preserve the environment, and the work of other outstanding provinces such as Camagüey, Granma and Pinar del Río.

In the act, chaired by the highest authorities of the Party and the Government in the territory: First Secretary of the Provincial Committee of the Party Yudi Rodríguez Hernández and President of the Government Alberto López Díaz respectively, the Hotel Iberostar Varadero was awarded the National Environment Prize in the category relevant to productive entities and services; Ivis María Villasuso Socarrás MSc. and Gilberto Silva Taboada PhD. also received this award for their work as heads of political, mass, non-governmental organizations and individuals.