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Seychelles Ready to Champion Regional SIDS Issues at Next Barbados Gathering

20.07.2013

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Ministry of Environment and Energy

Seychelles has been mandated by the nine AIMS countries represented at the Sub-Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) held this week, to bring forward the collective position of the island states sustainable development and the Blue Economy to a high level meeting to be held in Barbados, next month.

This announcement was made following the conclusion of the three-day meeting which was held in Seychelles at the Kempinski Resort.

Both the Minister for Environment and Energy, Professor Rolph Payet, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, declared the commitment of the Seychelles Government to take forward the recommendations of the meeting to enact meaningful action.

Speaking at the Press Conference, Minister Payet said, “Through the organization of the meeting Seychelles has demonstrated its capacity and thus gained the confidence of other island States.”

Also present for the conference were the Under Secretary for UNDESA Mr. Wu Hongbo, and the Chairperson of AOSIS, Ambassador Marlene Moses.

Minister Adam stated that the concluding message of the meeting was clear, “that when the needs of SIDS are overlooked there can be no sustainable development.” Minister Adam further stated that the Blue Economy, a concept that has been evolving amongst island states in recent year, remained vital to the future development of SIDS and other maritime nations:

“Seychelles will continue to push and champion the Blue Economy because of the simple fact that our economy depends on the 1.3 million km of sea which surrounds our archipelago.”

Speaking of the capacity challenges currently being faced by SIDS, Ambassador Moses stressed the need for AIMS countries to collaborate on all fronts, with a strategic and coordinated approach:

“Our smallness should not disqualify us from going out there and achieving what we need to achieve for our sustainability and livelihoods.”

When addressing local journalists, Mr. Wu called on developed countries to honour the funds they committed to Small Islands Developing States, however he noted that islands had to continually be more innovative to move forward.

Prior to the Inter-Regional meeting to be held in Barbados next month, Seychelles will continue to undertake the necessary preparatory work. Minister Payet explained that the Ambassador for Climate Change and SIDS Issues, Mr. Ronny Jumeau, would continue to be active in New York, lobbying the relevant partners and collaborators.

The Ministers further explained that the outcome of the Barbados meeting will be taken forward by all SIDS to the United Nations General Assembly in September in New York, with all resulting work culminating at the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa in 2014.

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