UN Secretary General Visits Old Havana

27 Jan 2014

imageU.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON WEARS A HAT GIVEN TO HIM BY A STUDENT DURING A VISIT TO CUBA. (ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO/DESMOND BOYLAN)

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki -moon , visited the historic center of Old Havana, in Cuba, World Heritage Site, where he was received by the City Historian Eusebio Leal, who accompanied him to cultural and social centers benefit from the support of the United Nations  agencies and international cooperation.

He and his wife, Mrs. Ban Soon- Taek, and his delegation, the Secretary- General began his visit in the Plaza San Francisco de Asis, and then they continue the walk down the cobbled streets of the old stale site section in which Leal gave him details of the long and intensive rehabilitation process.

Along the way, Ban came into a privately managed barbershop -among the new initiatives promoted by the Cuban Government as part of its policy of economic and social transformations-, where he had his hair cut, which caused that the local people, the tourists and students from Escuela Taller Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, supported by the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) with own funds, the City of Bilbao, the Basque Government and Sweden, came to greet the distinguished visitor.  

Also in the Plaza Vieja, the delegation went to the museum Vitrina de Valonia, where Leal talked about the initiative of the museum classrooms, in which students from schools of Old Havana time to time receive their lessons in one of the many museums in the area. Here, Ban met the Teen Comics Workshop which receives support from the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) with funding from the European Union.

A few steps away, the UN Secretary General spent time with students at the Angela Landa Elementary School, part of the network of schools associated with UNESCO in Cuba. This Center also receives support from the World Food Programme (WFP).

Subsequently, the head of the UN visited the Rosa Elena Simeon Cultural Center at the Planetarium of Havana, where he was informed about the work that the center does, the characteristics of the place and he could saw the equipment interactive games received through the National Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Earlier this Monday, Mr. Ban Ki -moon met with Vice President of the Council of Ministers in Cuba, Marino Murillo, who is also a member of the State Council of the Republic of Cuba and head of the Permanent Commission for the Implementation and Development of Guidelines for Economic and Social Policy of the country, as the process of transformation that takes place on the island is institutionally known.