Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz tells a major gathering of world leaders at the U.N. that the U.S. embargo on Havana remains the main ''obstacle'' to Cuba's economic development. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz spoke at the U.N. Sustainable Development Summit at the United Nations on Saturday, saying the U.S. trade embargo on the island nation brings "damages and hardships" to the Cuban people, and threatens the country's economic development. "The economic, commercial, and financial blockade against Cuba persists as it has been for half a century, bringing damages and hardships on the Cuban people and standing as the main obstacle to our country's economic development," Castro said. Leaders from nearly 200 nations are gathering in New York to adopt a sweeping plank of global goals to combat poverty, inequality and climate change in the broadest and most comprehensive effort ever by the United Nations to tackle the world's ills. Adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, caps three years of brainstorming and negotiations with input from nearly every corner of the world, organizers say, and provides a roadmap for countries to finance and create change. This year's General Assembly is believed to have attracted the highest number of leaders in U.N. history.