Sustainable Development Goals in parliamentary agenda


HAVANA, Cuba. – With the participation of the First Vice-President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Salvador Valdes Mesa, in the Agri-Food Commission of Parliament, entities set out the focus on sustainable development in the production of food.

In order to continue progress in food security, improve maintenance and reasonable harvests, Members are aware of the tasks to increase access to products promoting healthy and active living.

Ministers of Food Industry, Iris Quinones and of Agriculture Gustavo Rodriguez, as well as the President of the National Association of Small Farmers, Rafael Santiesteban, participate in the discussions in the Agri-Food Commission.

Ensuring healthy and taste-satisfying foods are among the objectives of the bodies that present to Members the plans for sustainable progress.

Eradicating Illegalities

Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Construction and Energy, attended by Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdes and the Vice President Ines Maria Chapman agreed in increasing control to eliminate illegalities and avoid their emergence.

Deputy Samuel Rodiles, President of the Physical Planning Institute, reported that at the end of May they eradicated more than 6,000 illegalities from the initial inventory, but at that stage they detected a figure bigger than 7,000 new violatory actions.

Rodiles reiterated that violations of urban regulations, structural changes in premises and constructions of buildings without the established documentation are the most frequent illegalities.

Holguin and Havana are the provinces with the greatest cases of new crimes in territorial planning and urban planning.

Respecting Territorial Order

In one of the National Assembly’s working committees, Vice President Ines Maria Chapman insisted on the responsibility of agencies and the population to respect the territorial and urban order.

Chapman called for the elimination of delinquency, obstacles, and the lack of sensitivity existing today in the process of providing the technical documentation necessary to carry out constructive actions.

Ines Maria Chapman told members of the Committee on Industry, Construction and Energy that since the entry into force just two months ago of the legal rules for ordering and legalizing the status of housing, more than 7,000 people have attended territorial physical planning offices.

Several parliamentarians reaffirmed the need to promote accurate action in the detection of urban illegalities.

Healthy Recreation in the Summer

We are in a position to have a better summer, even in the midst of economic constraints, because there are plenty of motivations, experience and will, Roberto Morales Ojeda, Vice-President of the Councils of State and Ministers said.

Two parliamentary committees meeting together this Wednesday analyzed actions taken to ensure a summer season with several  options in line with the concept of fostering healthy and formative recreation.

Morales Ojeda referred to the effort required in coordinating proposals for all age groups, noting that 59 per cent of opinions are favorable and 13 per cent expressed dissatisfaction.

Morales Ojeda suggested that constant feedback is essential and recommended to convene the non-state sector to join the summer activities with the premises we defend.

Summer: Live It… with Attachment to Our Values

Susely Morfa, First Secretary of the Young Communist League, presented to the members of two of the working committees the basics of the summer assurance program, which is a priority for the Party and the Government.

Morfa highlighted the integration of several forces of society and the weight conferred to activities in neighborhoods and communities of difficult access, and noted how camping, hiking and visits to historic sites have been revitalized.

Several Members presented experiences in their territories, and mentioned the acceptance of summer camps and so-called Young Areas, with strong social impact.

The deputies recognized the work of art instructors and they insisted on making better use of the Houses of Culture, Computer Youth Clubs, video rooms and schools.