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What Will Cuba Accomplish at the United Nations?

The U.N. General Assembly convenes today. Among the world leaders scheduled to participate is Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who arrived Sunday in New York. // File Photo: United Nations.

World leaders are gathered at the United Nations General Assembly for a session of general debate that begins today. Among the heads of state scheduled to participate is Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who arrived Sunday in New York as relations with the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden remain distant. What will Díaz-Canel seek to achieve at the General Assembly? What other major issues relating to Latin America and the Caribbean will be under debate as world leaders meet? What types of initiatives that are important to Latin America could follow from the General Assembly meetings?

William M. LeoGrande, professor of government at American University: “Miguel Díaz-Canel will speak to the General Assembly not just as Cuba’s president but also as chair of the Group of 77, and he will call for greater cooperation among the nations of the Global South to cope with the problems of climate change, public health, food insecurity and the inequities of the international economic order. Cuba has played a leading role in the Global South ever since it joined the Nonaligned Movement in 1963, leadership that has helped break the economic and diplomatic isolation Washington has tried to impose on the island. Díaz-Canel will warn against the rise in international tensions that threaten to plunge the world into a new Cold War, for which he will place the blame squarely on U.S. hegemonism. If he addresses the issue of Ukraine, it will be to reiterate Cuba’s opposition to the use of force to settle international disputes and to call for a diplomatic solution to the war. The recent arrests of Cubans involved in trafficking mercenaries to fight in Ukraine underscores…”

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