UNESCO recognizes Cuba’s tradition in scientific and medical diplomacy

UNESCO recognizes Cuba’s tradition in scientific and medical diplomacy

HAVANA, Nov. 13th The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized Cuba’s role in scientific and medical diplomacy,

particularly in the Latin American and Caribbean region, in a report presented in the context of celebrations for World Science Day for Peace and Development.

“Cuba is one of the countries with the longest tradition in scientific and medical diplomacy in the region based on an advanced biotechnology industry and a robust health system,” says the report, quoted by the Cuban Foreign Ministry and by the island’s media.

In the document, entitled “Scientific Diplomacy in Latin America and the Caribbean: Strategies, Mechanisms and Perspectives,” UNESCO highlights Cuba’s leading role in scientific cooperation and recognizes the international prestige and political capital gained by the Caribbean nation in this area, the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s website highlighted.

The report emphasizes that since 1963 the Caribbean country “has sent more than 400,000 medical professionals on 164 missions to countries in Africa, America, the Middle East and Asia, in addition to providing humanitarian aid in cases of catastrophes, emergencies and epidemics such as Ebola and more recently COVID-19.”

In addition, it points out that Cuba “also participates in South-South cooperation projects in fields such as health, education and agriculture, and contributes to training human resources in Latin America and the Caribbean through international schools in various disciplines from public health to climate resilience.”