The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to condemn the US economic embargo on Cuba for the 31st consecutive year. The vote was 187 in favour, with the US and Israel opposed and Ukraine abstaining.
This is the most significant number of countries to vote in favour of the resolution since it was first introduced in 1992. The resolution calls for an end to the embargo, which the UN says has caused "significant economic and social hardship" for the Cuban people.
The US has defended the embargo, saying it is necessary to pressure Cuba to change its political and economic system. However, the blockade has been widely criticised by the international community, which sees it as a relic of the Cold War.
The UN General Assembly vote is a symbolic victory for Cuba, but it is not legally binding, and the US is unlikely to lift the embargo any time soon. However, the growing international opposition to the embargo could pressure the US to reconsider its policy.
What does this mean for Cuba?
The UN vote is a sign of the growing international support for Cuba and its calls for an end to the embargo. It could also pressure the US to reconsider its policy, but it is unlikely to lead to a lifting of the blockade in the immediate future.
The embargo has had a significant impact on the Cuban economy and society. It has made it difficult for Cuba to import goods and services and to access foreign capital. This has led to shortages of food and other essential goods and has made it difficult for Cuban businesses to grow.
The embargo has also hurt the Cuban people's standard of living. It has made it difficult for Cubans to find jobs and earn a living, limiting their access to healthcare and education.