Statement by HE Mr.Danny Faure at the Inaugural Meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, 24th September 2013
Inaugural Meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
Leaders Dialogue: Mapping the way forward for eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development
Statement by HE Mr.Danny Faure
Republic of Seychelles
Trusteeship Council Chamber
24th September 2013
For small island developing states like Seychelles which are surrounded by and heavily dependent on the ocean, it is not possible to map the way forward on eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development in our countries without focusing special attention on our oceans-based economies, or what we call the Blue Economy.
Conceptualizing and promoting the Blue or oceans-based Green Economy has to be an integral part of the global discussion onthe Post-2015 Development Agenda;the Sustainable Development Goals; and, since Rio+20,the heightened worldwide discussion on the sustainable use and governance of our oceans and seas.
This is one of the reasons why island countries are calling for a Sustainable Development Goal dedicated to the oceans, or at the very least for the oceans and seas to feature prominently in one of the SDGs.
Mainstreaming the Blue Economy into the development agenda as a whole is important to not only island states, but coastal and other countries, economies and communities which are heavily dependent on or even live off the oceans and seas.
The SIDS are very diverse socio-economically, ranging from least developed countries through middle income to upper middle income states with varying degrees of success in eradicating poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
The one thing we have in common is a heavy, and in some cases overwhelming, dependence on the oceans as a source of life, livelihoods, food security, social wellbeing and cultural identity.
We all share the universally acknowledged special needs and unique and particular vulnerabilities of island nations. We cannot move forward into the post-2015 world of sustainable growth without first strengthening our resilience.
Island states which have recently graduated, or which are next in line to graduate from Least Developed Country status need a helping hand to ensure a smooth transition if they are not to fall into the same trap of high indebtedness that has hampered the eradication of poverty in, and the sustainable progress and prosperity of, many of the island countries that graduated before them.
Because of our special vulnerabilities to climate change and external shocks, SIDS also call for differentiated treatment in the multilateral trading system and access to development financing.
We also renew our call for an alternative to the GDP-per-capita based assessment of our economic status so as to better reflect our unique vulnerabilities and as part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
This and other calls the SIDS have made to ensure their long-term resilience and sustainability have gone unheeded or been inadequately addressed for decades.
Today’s inaugural meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is taking place in a week when the whole world is reflecting on the next steps towards the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the SDGs. It is also a little less than a year to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa.
This makes it as good a time as any to launch a paradigm shift in the way the international community, and the SIDS themselves, address the post-2015 sustainable development agenda for small island developing states.
I thank you for your attention.
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