UNITED NATIONS.– Cuba called for immediate action to prevent and deal with the effects of climate change at the UN General Assembly yesterday, March 23.

“Climate change is an obvious global threat that calls for urgent, fair and balanced solutions, that truly and effectively involve all countries in the world,” Cuba’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ana Silvia Rodríguez, stated.

Speaking during a high-level United Nations forum, dedicated to addressing the link between climate change and sustainable development, the diplomat noted the particular impact of this phenomenon on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

According to Rodríguez, as an archipelago, and due to Cuba’s geographical location in the Caribbean Sea, the country is highly vulnerable to events associated with climate change.

“Studies conducted by the National Institute of Meteorology clearly indicate that Cuba’s climate has become warmer. Since the middle of the last century, the average annual temperature has increased by about 0.9 degrees Celsius. Added to this is the significant increase in drought periods and the recurrence of intense hurricanes,” she noted.

The diplomat highlighted Cuba’s responses to the impacts of climate change, which have been framed by the political will of national authorities.

In this regard, she mentioned scientific research and environmental management, aimed at identifying vulnerabilities and reducing risks.

Rodríguez ratified Cuba’s commitment to the Paris Agreement and stated that political will and full respect for the principle of common, but differentiated, responsibilities are required to ensure its implementation.