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Ensuring sustainable economic and social progress

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Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez presided over the opening ceremony of the 10th International Convention on the Environment and Development, being held in Havana’s Convention Center until July 10. While opulence and poverty coexist, while a minority holds the resources that hundreds of millions of people lack, there will be no genuinely viable options for progress, said Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya, Cuban minister of Science, Technology and Environment.

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Women’s lives are the priority

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On July 11, 1987, the world population reached five billion. From then on, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that World Population Day be celebrated on this date every year.
In less than 30 years, the total number of people on the planet has risen by over two billion, in a context marked by social, environmental and economic crises and natural disasters. GI spoke to Jesús Robles Vera, international programs coordinator of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Cuba, regarding initiatives to celebrate the date and population issues on the post-2015 development agenda.

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Fidel visits Food Industry Research Institute

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On the afternoon of July 3, Fidel held a four-hour-long meeting with 19 master cheese makers from MINAL’s (Ministry of Food Industry) Food Industry Research Institute in the town of Guatao. During the encounter – where Fidel expressed his thoughts on problems affecting food production levels, such as climate change and wars – topics relating the former quality and quantity of cheese manufacturing in the country through the Special Period and the need recover said standards were discussed in depth.

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Letters from the Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz adressed to Presidente Barack Obama en the reestablishment of diplomatic relations


Mr. President:
Consistent with the announcements made on December 17, 2014, and the high level discussions between our two governments, I am pleased to address this letter to you in order to confirm that the Republic of Cuba has agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations with the United States of America and open permanent diplomatic missions in our respective countries on July 20, 2015.

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Statement by the revolutionary government of Cuba


On July 1st, 2015, the President of the Councils of State and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, and the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, exchanged letters through which they confirmed their decision to re-establish diplomatic relations between the two countries and open permanent diplomatic missions in the respective capitals as from July 20, 2015.

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Acting Minister of foreign affairs received letter from the President of the United Satates addressed to President of Cuba

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Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcelino Medina Rodriguez, received during today’s morning, at the venue of the Chancery, the chief of the United States Interests Section in Havana, Mr. Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who conveyed a letter from president Barack Obama addressed to Army General Raul Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, confirming the decision to re-establish the diplomatic relations between the two countries and to open permanent diplomatic missions in the respective capitals, beginning July 20th, 2015.

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Cuban Minister of Foreign Relations to receive head of U.S. Interests Section


Jeffrey DeLaurentis will act as the official spokesperson to present a letter by President Barack Obama to Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers regarding the reestablishment of diplomatic relations and opening of embassies in both countries. According to a press release by the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Minrex), today, July 1, Cuba’s Interim Minister of Foreign Relations, Marcelino Medi na González, will receive the head of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who will act as the official spokesperson to present a letter by President Barack Obama to Army General Raúl Castro Ruz.

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Cuba Ready to Share New Achievements in Maternal and Child Health


Cuban Health Minister Roberto Morales, expressed today the will of the island to share the experiences that turned it into the world’s first country without mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS and syphilis.
We reaffirm our commitment to continue helping other nations in access and universal health care coverage, giving priority to the prevention of such diseases, said the Cuban Helth Minister in an interview with Prensa Latina, after receiving the recognition that was made official here by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

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Pope Francis to visit Havana, Holguín and Santiago de Cuba

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A rities of the Vatican, the Cuban government and Conference of Cuban CatholicBishops have organized a program for Pope Francis’ forthcoming visit to the country, which will take place, as previously announced, from September 19-22. The Cuban government and citizens of the capital will welcome the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church on September 9 when he arrives in Havana to begin his apostolic visit. The following day he will hold a mass in the Plaza de la Revolución “José Martí,” visit the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, and meet with priests, believers and seminaries in the Cathedral of Havana. He will also greet the youth in the Félix Varela Cultural Center.

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Elián González: “The youth aren’t the future, they’re the present”

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15 years after he descended the steps of that airplane, after that loving look converted the pain and trauma into endless joy, Elián has become a member of the Matanzas 55th Anniversary of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) Party, who invited to participate in the flag-baring ceremony which took place in the capital, agreed to answer some questions, revealing himself to be a down-to-earth and humble, deep and mature young man.