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Cuba pledged for full compliance with official development aid commitments in order to materialize the agreements of the 4th World Conference on Women, held in Beijing 15 years ago.

This is essential to wipe out poverty, illiteracy and inequalities prevailing worldwide, said Yolanda Ferrer Gomez, a member of the Council of State of Cuba.

The developed countries' promise to contribute 0.7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product remains a pending task and "a shame to those who, ignoring the just aspirations and needs of our impoverished countries, have got rich by plunder and
exploitation," she said.

Speaking here before the 54th session of the UN Commission on the Legal and Social Status of Women, the Cuban leader highlighted the need of a lasting peace and a sustainable, fair development.

There will not be any substantial advance or effective benefit for women unless environmental preservation, peace and respect for all is a reality, added Ferrer, who is also General Secretary of the Federation of Cuban Women.

Source: Prensa Latina

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