(Telesur) – At the United Nations Climate Summit that began in New York City on September 23, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez noted the undeniable scientific evidence of dangers to the planet posed by melting ice caps, temperature increasing, and rising sea levels.
He also underscored the way capitalist system imposed by the United States has led to unsustainable setbacks in the world. He proposed the adoption of clear regulations to roll back climate change threats.
Rodríguez said that all nations must work together to deal with the problems that are now magnifying long-time environmental destruction, and pointed out the historic responsibility and capability of the developed nations to do so. He called for a political commitment of the industrialized nations to seek effective responses to climate change and the threats that it poses to humanity.
“Clear commitments and actions are necessary. It is vital that the governments of the industrialized nations have a true political will to make changes,” said Rodríguez.
Irrational and unsustainable models of production and consumption imposed by the logic of the capital have resulted in the poverty of entire peoples, noted the diplomat.
The urgent need to seek climate change solutions was the focus of the debate held at the United Nations, in which the lack of international financing for implementing such solutions was contrasted with the tremendous amount of money dedicated to military spending. Out of the 1.7 billion dollars dedicated to this in the world as a whole in 2012, 37 percent was incurred by the United States.
In his speech, Rodríguez recalled that at the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro warned of the risk of the human species becoming extinct due to the swift, progressive elimination of their natural habitat.
He explained that the island nation has dealt with the financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States for more than 40 years by taking actions to restore the coastline; assuring food security; and fostering programs for the comprehensive use of water, land use, health prevention and reforestation.
In a private meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the two leaders spoke more about climate change and also discussed current economic changes in Cuba, the post-2015 development agenda, and Cuba’s role in hosting the Colombian peace talks.
They addressed the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the Secretary-General thanked Cuba for its important contribution of medical doctors to address the crisis. In early September, Cuba decided to send 62 doctors and 103 nurses to Ebola stricken African countries.