Consumption Patterns Need to Change, Says Cuba at UN

Consumption Patterns Need to Change, Says Cuba at UN

United Nations, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuba said on Wednesday that in order to achieve a sustainable development in harmony with Nature, the patterns of production and consumption prevailing in developed countries and imposed on the rest of the world need to be changed.

Cuba’s permanent representative to the UN, Pedro Nunez said that scientific evidence has made increasingly clear that the current environmental crisis is to a large extent a result of the developed countries’ “long, unsustainable pattern of production and consumption.”

It is the exhaustion of a model of development based on the indiscriminate exploitation of resources that nature has made available to mankind, he said.

Nunez spoke in a session of the General Assembly devoted to the topic Harmony with Nature, on occasion of Earth Day on Apr. 22.

He warned of the serious damages caused to biodiversity by the Capitalist model, which he also blamed for the depletion of hydrocarbons and the worsening of the greenhouse effect.

All this has undoubtedly resulted in a serious threat to the very existence of the human race, he said.

The Cuban representative to the UN highlighted the proximity of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro in June, and called for admission that the goals set in the field are yet to be fully attained.

He highlighted the need for strong international cooperation and for a renewed political commitment to achieve the targets internationally agreed in the matter and demanded developed countries to comply with targets internationally agreed on the matter.

He demanded developed countries to fulfil the commitment to contribute 0.7 percent of their Gross Domestic Product to the so-called Official Development Assistance and other new and additional financial resources.

All this is facing the challenges of an increasingly globalized world, threatened by the depletion of natural resources and by the effects of climate change, which have worsened food security, particularly in southern countries.