Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr Joel Morgan has addressed the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 Development Agenda specifically in the interactive Dialogue 4 side event entitled “Protecting our planet and combatting climate change.”
The Seychelles Foreign Minister emphasised the importance of obtaining a comprehensive result at the upcoming Paris Conference (COP21) to achieve a legally binding document which would not only assure the sustainable development of the planet but would also preserve it for future generations.
Outlining Seychelles’ further objectives at the Paris Conference Minister Morgan opined that “in addition to addressing mitigation, adaptation, technology transfer, the 2015 Agreement must also ensure and give permanence to loss and damage compensation.”
Minister Morgan called on developed nations who are net contributors to climate change to mobilise the vast resources at their disposal to support climate mitigation and adaptation projects in less wealthy states that directly feel the impact of a changing climate.
In conclusion, Minister Morgan spoke of the Blue Economy and the potential that it provides especially in the case of Seychelles with limited terrain but expansive maritime spaces. “Through the Blue Economy approach, we can harness untapped resources that strengthen our sustainable development process, whilst establishing best practices that reduce risks to our natural environment,” said Minister Morgan.