Vulnerabilities of small islands must be recognized

Seychelles Vice President Danny Faure has called for an urgent review of the UN system’s support to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), accompanied by the integration of SIDS issues in the work programs of all UN agencies.

In his speech on the occasion of the High Level Review Meeting on the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI) on the Program of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island States, being held at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Vice President stressed that the vulnerabilities of SIDS have to be factored into multilateral development agenda and work programs.

The Vice- resident reiterated the development challenge that he highlighted in his speech on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): “The five-year review of the Mauritius Strategy of Implementation comes at a time when … many small island developing states are wondering how they are going to build further on what they have achieved without getting mired further in unsustainable debt.”

The MSI Review process builds on the meeting on small island states’ development challenges held in Mauritius in 2005, which was attended by President James Michel. Under the President’s direction, Seychelles has continuously championed the cause of Small Island States in international forums, and the MSI process is a critical component to this process.

“Seychelles can be proud of its advocacy on these issues. While there has been some progress, we are still a long way from having a development framework which is conducive for SIDS development, particularly in the context of challenges such as climate change. We remain committed to ensure that the international community recognizes the unique challenges of SIDS,” the Vice President has commented.

The Vice President also had the pleasure of briefly meeting with President Barrack Obama in the official reception hosted by the United States on the occasion of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly.

In separate bilateral discussions with the United States government, the Seychelles delegation has also agreed increased cooperation on issues related to the development of energy sector in Seychelles. A multi-sectoral US delegation will be traveling to Seychelles in October to examine the possibilities of cooperation in the petroleum sector, as well as in the development of renewable energy.
Source = Seychelles
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