Canél expressed Cuba’s desire to address climate change, advancement of women, youth engagement, and anti-racism.
In this session of the UN General Assembly, the G77+China—a group of developing and emerging countries representing 80 percent of the world's population—has expressed a desire for change in the current international financial architecture. The government of Cuba expressed interest in working with the faith communities to address global financial structures.
Cuba and the G77+China are prioritizing, by consensus, environment and climate change as well as a new economic world order.
Representatives from the Christian community expressed their solidarity with Christian partners in Cuba, their affirmation of ending the embargo, and their desire to work with the government as well as churches on climate change and sustainable development.
"Bringing the ecumenical community together with world leaders is a privilege for the World Council of Churches,” said Dr Ryan Smith, WCC programme executive for the Ecumenical Office to the United Nations in New York. “The role of the faith community in climate change and sustainable development as well as building and maintaining peaceful communities are just two of the the many gifts the ecumenical community brings to the international community."
The delegation included representatives of the National Council of Churches of Christ USA, United Church of Christ, Church of the Brethren, Episcopal Church. Presbyterian Church USA, and United Methodist Church. The delegation was also joined by ACT Alliance, Caritas Internationalis, and Catholic Relief Services.