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    JUVENTUD REBELDE United Nations Acknowledges Cuban Priorities for Young People, Women and Girls In Cuba the State has adopted very advanced social programs,
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      JUVENTUD REBELDE
      United Nations Acknowledges Cuban Priorities for Young People, Women and Girls

      "In Cuba the State has adopted very advanced social programs," said Jesus Robles, the international coordinator of the United Nations Population Fund in Cuba, during the inauguration of actives in Old Havana on Saturday to celebrate July 11, World Population Day

      Agnerys Rodríguez Gavilán
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      The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) acknowledge the prioritized assistance provided by the Cuban government to all its population, especially young people, and women and girls, two important sectors for the country's economic and social advance towards a health planet for all.

      "Even when Cuba does not have an explicit population policy, the State has adopted very advanced social programs," said Jesus Robles, the international coordinator of the United Nations Population Fund in Cuba, during the inauguration of actives in Old Havana on Saturday to celebrate July 11, World Population Day.

      "Cuba is proof of when there is political will, the limitations of developing economies are not necessarily an insurmountable obstacle when it comes to progress in the areas of health care, demographic change and wellbeing.

      "In Cuba, we, along with the institutions that we work with, have centered our actions on the important role played by the younger generations in the road to obtaining solid and sustainable development for the country, priorities which are championed by the government.

      "While in many countries, women continue to be the object of discrimination and violence, in Cuba women represent the majority of professionals and a force of great social impact, which demonstrates that by increasing social investments and in education in the female sector of the population is one way to protect their rights," said Jesus Robles.

      The vice director of science at the Cuban Center for Youth Research, Elaine Morales Chuco, said that the Cuban youth enjoy the exercise of their fundamental rights that guarantee their participation and their preparation for the future.

      World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987. This year it marks the lead-up to another milestone —the World at 7 Billion.

      Each year a number of UNFPA Country Offices and other organizations and institutions mark the day with a variety of activities to bring attention to population issues. UNFPA, which sponsors the observance, publishes posters and other advocacy materials for this purpose.

      As the world population approaches 7 billion, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, launches a global initiative on Monday to highlight the challenges, opportunities and actions that will shape our common future.

      World Population Day, 11 July, is the start of a worldwide advocacy effort that will continue through 31 October, when the United Nations projects world population will surpass 7 billion, and beyond.

      The 7 Billion Actions campaign will promote dialogue on what it means to live in a world with so many people and encourage action on issues that affect us all. UNFPA offices and their partners throughout the world will organize a variety of related activities.

      The United Nations campaign states that nearly all of this population growth — 97 of every 100 people — is occurring in less developed countries, some of which already struggle to meet their citizens' needs. Gaps between rich and poor are growing. Urbanization and migration continue. Climate change is of increasing concern and more people than ever are vulnerable to food insecurity, water shortages and weather-related disasters. Meanwhile, many rich and middle-income countries are concerned about low fertility and ageing.

      "Whether we can live together on a healthy planet will depend on the decisions we make now. The date we reach the next billion–and the ones after that–depends on policy and funding decisions made now about maternal and child health care, access to voluntary family planning, girls' education, and expanded opportunities for women and young people," said UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin.

      Among the activities held in Havana on Saturday was a demonstration by the Cuban Wu Shu School; a guided tour of Old Havana by the City's Historian Office; a trip to the Leonor Pérez maternity home; and distributions of books, magazines, posters and other materials on sexual health and reproduction.










      Reconocen atención priorizada de Cuba a jóvenes, mujeres y niñas



      Celebran actividades por el 11 de julio en el Centro Histórico de La Habana Vieja.

      Agnerys Rodríguez Gavilán
      digital@...

      El Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas (UNFPA) reconoció en La Habana la atención priorizada que el Gobierno de Cuba le presta a todas las personas y, en especial, a los jóvenes, las mujeres y las niñas, grupos definitorios para el avance económico y social del país y para la construcción de un planeta saludable para todos.

      «Aun cuando Cuba no se trazó una política explícita de población, el Estado adoptó programas sociales muy avanzados», expresó Jesús Robles, coordinador internacional de Programas del UNFPA en el archipiélago, durante el acto inaugural de las actividades que este sábado tuvieron lugar en el Centro Histórico de La Habana Vieja, como parte de la celebración nacional por este nuevo 11 de julio, Día Mundial de la Población.

      Cuba, agregó, es una evidencia de que cuando hay voluntad política, las limitaciones de las economías en desarrollo no necesariamente constituyen un obstáculo insalvable para el progreso del estado de salud, el cambio demográfico y el bienestar.

      «Aquí, junto con las instituciones con las que trabajamos, hemos centrado las acciones en el importantísimo papel que toca a la generación joven, en el camino de conseguir un desarrollo sólido y sostenible para el país, prioridades defendidas por el Gobierno».

      Más adelante señaló que, «mientras en muchos países las mujeres siguen siendo objeto de discriminación y violencia, en Cuba son mayoría entre los profesionales y técnicos, y suman una fuerza de gran impacto social, muestra de que aumentar las inversiones sociales y de educación en la población femenina, es una vía para proteger sus derechos».

      La máster Elaine Morales Chuco, subdirectora científica del Centro de Estudios sobre la Juventud, expresó que la juventud cubana constituye hoy una muestra del ejercicio de los principales derechos que garantizan su desempeño en la actualidad y su preparación para el futuro.

      El maestro Roberto Vargas Lee, y los niños, adolescentes, jóvenes, mujeres, hombres y adultos mayores que integran la Escuela Cubana de Wu Shu, regalaron una hermosa lección de vida saludable, al mostrar parte de los ejercicios y las técnicas de este arte marcial.

      Un recorrido en familia por las Rutas y Andares que organiza la Oficina del Historiador de la Ciudad, la visita al Hogar Materno Leonor Pérez y la distribución de libros, revistas, afiches, plegables y otros materiales sobre salud sexual y reproductiva marcaron la jornada de este sábado.
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