1 The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, attended the opening session of the 77th session of the General Debate for Heads of State and Government of the United Nations (UNGA77), which is currently taking place at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. President Ramkalawan is among more than 150 world leaders in New York and will deliver remarks over the next two days as part of the General Debate of Heads of State and Government.
2 Addressing the room, President Ramkalawan congratulated the new President of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Csaba Kőrösi, while expressing Seychelles‘ deep appreciation to the outgoing President, Mr. Abdullah Shahid, for his leadership during the previous 76th United Nations General Assembly.
4 He also conveyed words of thanks to the Secretary General of the United Nations.
5 “I also wish to express our gratitude to the UN Secretary General, HE Mr. Antonio Guterres, for his efforts to pursue a Common Agenda for the United Nations, at a time when faith in the multilateral system needs, more than ever, be restored.
6 ” The President reminded the assembly that multilateralism provided each Member State with the opportunity and means to solve complex challenges collectively, which could not otherwise be overcome alone, particularly in the face of the various important global challenges that exist, “We have never faced challenges of such magnitude.
8 We have reached a turning point.
9 One that forces us to question the trajectory of our multilateral order, as the dangers to our collective well-being are grave and numerous.”
10 “In the face of a multiplicity of interrelated challenges for which many of us are less responsible, but more affected by them, the plight of states in vulnerable situations has never been more pronounced.
11 Many of us in the developing world have had to revise our 2030 aspirations due to lost progress,” the President stressed.
13 “If this is going to be a defining moment, we need to put real solutions in place that focus on addressing vulnerabilities and building resilience to ensure socio-economic sustainability.
14 We need international financial institutions and multilateral development banks to look beyond the Gross National Income benchmark.” “There is broad consensus that a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI) offers a specific approach that will complement and enhance the effectiveness of development cooperation, allowing countries in vulnerable situations to access concessional financing and address their needs,” he said.
15 President Ramkalawan.
16 The President, who is a member of the High Level Committee appointed by the UN Secretary General representing the small island states of the Atlantic, Africa and South East Asia, welcomed the interim report of the High Level Panel on the MVI, and also expressed hope that progress on inclusive and universally accepted indicators that capture the vulnerabilities of all developing states can be accelerated before the 2023 deadline.
17 The President ended his speech by addressing the issues of climate adaptation and mitigation and encouraged leaders to be prepared to make bold decisions.
20 Other members of the Seychelles delegation include; Member of the Diplomatic Corps in Washington, Ambassador Ian Madeleine, High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa, Ambassador Claude Morel, and Second Secretary Division for Multilateral Affairs, Ms. Marion Etienne.
21 Kindly find below the link to read the President’s full UNGA 77: https://www.statehouse.gov.sc/speeches/5664/unga-77-speech-by-president-wavel-ramkalawan OR Watch the full video of the Speech via House of Representatives YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/7SWkw7mqmKQ