Following the completion of the UN Climate Summit in New York, President James Michel has said that he is optimistic and has hope that a legally binding agreement will be adopted in Paris next year at the conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).
“The UN Climate Summit has given a new momentum to the process of achieving successful climate talks that will be acceptable to all of us, small islands included, and I have much hope that we will reach an agreement in Paris next year,” said President Michel.
Mr. Michel said he was also encouraged by the support Seychelles has received in various discussions on the Blue Economy concept, which Seychelles has developed and promoted in international fora, having received support from countries in Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia.
The President also said that in his talks with EU, Commonwealth and UN partners, the concept of a Vulnerability Index for small island states was also widely welcomed.
While in New York, President James Michel also attended a reception hosted by US President Barack Obama, and then a dinner hosted by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon , where the Seychelles President was among 20 selected heads of state for discussions on the way forward to the Lima and Paris climate talks.
The President attended the opening ceremony of the general debate of the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations on Wednesday. The UNGA was opened by the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.
They also spoke about the Vulnerability Index which was developed by the EU and the Commonwealth, which would help small island states to get a fairer deal within the global financing mechanisms.
The President spoke about Seychelles’ proposed debt-for-adaptation swap programme, which would enable small islands such as Seychelles to swab their debt for environmental conservation programmes, in an innovative way to fight climate change.