During their discussions, President Ramkalawan conveyed to Ms. Azoulay the sincere appreciation of the Seychellois people for the long-standing support provided to Seychelles by UNESCO. She highlighted the recent inscription of the ‘moutya’ dance on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. He also expressed his gratitude for being named as one of the patrons of the Ocean Decade Alliance together with the Prime Minister of Norway.
“Seychelles is grateful for all the support that UNESCO has given us over the years. My country is immensely proud to host two World Heritage Sites ‘Aldabra and Vallée de Mai and a UNESCO Category II Centre: the Seychelles IECD for Early Childhood Development. Recently we also have the ‘Moutya Dance’, inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. And as a son of Seychelles, to be named a Patron of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Decade of the Oceans Advisory Board is an honor of the highest order,” said President Ramkalawan.
Accepting the nomination of the Ocean Decade Alliance as a member and sponsor, the President said he strongly believes that ocean science diplomacy has a crucial role to play in facilitating the emergence and application of the science needed to support ocean governance. and its management at all levels. . “UNESCO, especially through the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, has provided able and sustained leadership in this and related areas. Seychelles will continue to provide the IOC with the support that is required in the pursuit of our common endeavor and in the implementation of the goals of the Decade of the Oceans.”
For her part, DG UNESCO, Ms. Azoulay, congratulated Seychelles for its various achievements in promoting climate change despite being a Small Island Developing State (SIDS). She further reaffirmed UNESCO’s commitment to advancing SIDS priorities and echoing the vulnerabilities faced by small island nations on the world stage.
The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss new avenues of cooperation and how Seychelles can further benefit from key UNESCO programs and frameworks. Therefore, further promoting the agendas of mutual interests, not only for the country but also for the greater good of the SIDS community, the world and humanity.