The Cuomo Foundation was invited to the presentation of the book “El Vedado” by the Historian of the City of Havana, Eusebio LEAL, at the Unesco headquarters in Paris. Also present on this occasion were the Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO, Ernesto Ottone Ramirez, and Elio Eduardo Rodriguez-Perdome, Ambassador of Cuba to France.

The difficult period that the Caribbean island is going through cannot but highlight the measurable effectiveness of the implementation of a global approach to urban issues, which is one of the challenges of the future that is knocking at our door.

A mixture of desolation and hope marked this splendid moment, so sincere and profound was the message launched by the author and the director of Editions Bologna, Mario Cremata. The work of safeguarding the heritage and renovating the buildings puts at the centre of its concerns the people who live and bring to life these spaces charged with history, which in 2019 commemorate the five centuries of existence of the city, which has been a World Heritage Site since 1982.

The difficult period that the Caribbean island is going through cannot but highlight the measurable effectiveness of the implementation of a global approach to urban issues, which is one of the challenges of the future that is knocking at our door.

The Cuomo Foundation is co-editor of the book “El Vedado”, an old district of Havana, written by the architect Madeleine Menéndez and the art historian and photographer Néstor Martí, which will be presented next November in Havana.

– Francisco A. Diaz Lison

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