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Cuba Asks FAO to Include Climate Change in Its Agenda

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 19 (acn) Cuba recommended the inclusion in the agenda of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the systematic assessment and warning about the effects of climate change.

The recommendation was made by the VP of the Cuban Council of Ministers and Agriculture Minister Ulises Rosales del Toro in a round table discussion that took place on Wednesday during the last day of a UN summit on food security that concluded in Rome, Italy.

Rosales del Toro, who headed the Cuban delegation to the meeting, participated in the
round table entitled “Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change: Challenges to Agriculture and Food Security”, Prensa Latina news agency reports.

“Now, we not only have to face the consequences of the prevailing unjust international
economic order but also the challenge of global climate change,” the Cuban high-ranking
official stressed.

He explained that short- and long-term fluctuations of climate may have extreme
repercussions on agricultural production.

Likewise, he held the countries of the North responsible for global climate change and
demanded serious commitments from them to reduce their emission of polluting substances.

“We need these answers today. Tomorrow it could be too late,” he concluded.

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