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  •   On the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly of Heads of State and Government President Ramkalawan who is currently leading the Seychelles delegation in New York also participated in several strategic side events for Seychelles Bilateral discussions have been crucial networking platforms and important discussions with key partners and Seychellois stakeholders The President participated as one of the panelists at the African Heads of Government Climate Finance Dialogue organized by Africa Investors Ai and the UN Special Adviser for Africa OSAA At their invitation President Ramkalawan was the keynote speaker at the panel discussion under the guided theme Partnerships and opportunities to implement the investable NDCs Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs President Ramkalawan spoke together with three other African Heads of State which included the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the President of the Republic of Gambia HE Adama Barrow President Ramkalawan also attended Blue Leaders 30X30 Catalytic Action for a Global Network of Fully and Highly Protected Marine Areas and a Strong New High Seas Treaty event held at the Plaza Hotel in New York The event which was organized by the Government of Belgium and Nigeria where President Ramkalawan was one of the Blue Leaders Heads of State who addressed the audience The Prime Minister of Cura ao Gilmar Pisas also made a presentation while the Prime Minister of Belgium made a virtual video statement The main event was opened by the CEO of Blomberg Philanthropies Patricia E Harris and the panel discussions were moderated by the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Following the Blue Leaders event the President also held discussions with Mission Blue The Sylvia Earle Alliance President and President legendary oceanographer Her Deepness Dr Sylvia Earle Dr Earle is an Explorer in Residence for the National Geographic Society and is called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times a Living Legend of the Library of Congress and Time magazine s first Hero for the Planet Familiar with Seychelles the meeting with the Head of State was an opportunity for Dr Earle to brief President Ramkalawan on her previous expeditions and work in Seychelles as well as to engage in fruitful discussions on how Mission Blue can further support Seychelles Seychelles in its environmental conservation efforts She will soon be in Seychelles for a mission in Aldabra accompanying Prince Albert of Monaco In his capacity as Vice President of the SIDS DOCK Initiative President Ramkalawan also delivered a virtual statement at the 7th session of the SIDS DOCK Assembly SIDS DOCK is an initiative among the member countries of the Alliance of Small Island States AOSIS created to help SIDS transform their energy sectors and address adaptation to climate change in line with the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs of the UN Other side meetings included discussions with the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States Ms Rabab Fatima While at the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York the president also had the opportunity to engage with a number of world leaders during a closed door high level meeting of the Association of Small Island States AOSIS limited to Heads of State or Government focused on two main issues objective discussion namely progress towards the Adoption of a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index MVI at the UN and the Establishment of a Financing Agreement to Address Loss and Damage at COP27 President Ramkalawan was assisted by Ambassador Ian Madeleine and other Foreign Ministry officials
    President Ramkalawan Participates in Key Side Events and Bilateral Meetings on the Sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
      On the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly of Heads of State and Government President Ramkalawan who is currently leading the Seychelles delegation in New York also participated in several strategic side events for Seychelles Bilateral discussions have been crucial networking platforms and important discussions with key partners and Seychellois stakeholders The President participated as one of the panelists at the African Heads of Government Climate Finance Dialogue organized by Africa Investors Ai and the UN Special Adviser for Africa OSAA At their invitation President Ramkalawan was the keynote speaker at the panel discussion under the guided theme Partnerships and opportunities to implement the investable NDCs Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs President Ramkalawan spoke together with three other African Heads of State which included the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the President of the Republic of Gambia HE Adama Barrow President Ramkalawan also attended Blue Leaders 30X30 Catalytic Action for a Global Network of Fully and Highly Protected Marine Areas and a Strong New High Seas Treaty event held at the Plaza Hotel in New York The event which was organized by the Government of Belgium and Nigeria where President Ramkalawan was one of the Blue Leaders Heads of State who addressed the audience The Prime Minister of Cura ao Gilmar Pisas also made a presentation while the Prime Minister of Belgium made a virtual video statement The main event was opened by the CEO of Blomberg Philanthropies Patricia E Harris and the panel discussions were moderated by the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Following the Blue Leaders event the President also held discussions with Mission Blue The Sylvia Earle Alliance President and President legendary oceanographer Her Deepness Dr Sylvia Earle Dr Earle is an Explorer in Residence for the National Geographic Society and is called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times a Living Legend of the Library of Congress and Time magazine s first Hero for the Planet Familiar with Seychelles the meeting with the Head of State was an opportunity for Dr Earle to brief President Ramkalawan on her previous expeditions and work in Seychelles as well as to engage in fruitful discussions on how Mission Blue can further support Seychelles Seychelles in its environmental conservation efforts She will soon be in Seychelles for a mission in Aldabra accompanying Prince Albert of Monaco In his capacity as Vice President of the SIDS DOCK Initiative President Ramkalawan also delivered a virtual statement at the 7th session of the SIDS DOCK Assembly SIDS DOCK is an initiative among the member countries of the Alliance of Small Island States AOSIS created to help SIDS transform their energy sectors and address adaptation to climate change in line with the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs of the UN Other side meetings included discussions with the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States Ms Rabab Fatima While at the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York the president also had the opportunity to engage with a number of world leaders during a closed door high level meeting of the Association of Small Island States AOSIS limited to Heads of State or Government focused on two main issues objective discussion namely progress towards the Adoption of a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index MVI at the UN and the Establishment of a Financing Agreement to Address Loss and Damage at COP27 President Ramkalawan was assisted by Ambassador Ian Madeleine and other Foreign Ministry officials
    President Ramkalawan Participates in Key Side Events and Bilateral Meetings on the Sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
    Africa2 weeks ago

    President Ramkalawan Participates in Key Side Events and Bilateral Meetings on the Sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

    On the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly of Heads of State and Government, President Ramkalawan, who is currently leading the Seychelles delegation in New York, also participated in several strategic side events for Seychelles.

    Bilateral discussions have been crucial networking platforms and important discussions with key partners and Seychellois stakeholders.

    The President participated as one of the panelists at the African Heads of Government Climate Finance Dialogue organized by Africa Investors (Ai) and the UN Special Adviser for Africa (OSAA).

    At their invitation, President Ramkalawan was the keynote speaker at the panel discussion under the guided theme "Partnerships and opportunities to implement the investable NDCs, Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)".

    President Ramkalawan spoke together with three other African Heads of State; which included the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and the President of the Republic of Gambia, HE Adama Barrow.

    President Ramkalawan also attended Blue Leaders 30X30: Catalytic Action for a Global Network of Fully and Highly Protected Marine Areas and a Strong New High Seas Treaty event held at the Plaza Hotel in New York. The event, which was organized by the Government of Belgium and Nigeria, where President Ramkalawan was one of the Blue Leaders Heads of State who addressed the audience.

    The Prime Minister of Curaçao, Gilmar Pisas, also made a presentation, while the Prime Minister of Belgium made a virtual video statement.

    The main event was opened by the CEO of Blomberg Philanthropies, Patricia E.

    Harris, and the panel discussions were moderated by the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium.

    Following the Blue Leaders event, the President also held discussions with Mission Blue/The Sylvia Earle Alliance President and President, legendary oceanographer, Her Deepness Dr. Sylvia Earle.

    Dr. Earle is an Explorer-in-Residence for the National Geographic Society, and is called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, a Living Legend of the Library of Congress, and Time magazine's first Hero for the Planet.

    Familiar with Seychelles, the meeting with the Head of State was an opportunity for Dr. Earle to brief President Ramkalawan on her previous expeditions and work in Seychelles, as well as to engage in fruitful discussions on how Mission Blue can further support Seychelles.

    Seychelles in its environmental conservation efforts.

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    She will soon be in Seychelles for a mission in Aldabra accompanying Prince Albert of Monaco.

    In his capacity as Vice President of the SIDS DOCK Initiative, President Ramkalawan also delivered a virtual statement at the 7th session of the SIDS DOCK Assembly.

    SIDS DOCK is an initiative among the member countries of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) created to help SIDS transform their energy sectors and address adaptation to climate change in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN.

    Other side meetings included discussions with the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Ms. Rabab Fatima.

    While at the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York, the president also had the opportunity to engage with a number of world leaders during a closed-door, high-level meeting of the Association of Small Island States (AOSIS), limited to Heads of State or Government focused on two main issues: objective discussion namely; progress towards the Adoption of a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI) at the UN and the Establishment of a Financing Agreement to Address Loss and Damage at COP27.

    President Ramkalawan was assisted by Ambassador Ian Madeleine and other Foreign Ministry officials.

  •   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 Addressing the room President Ramkalawan congratulated the new President of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Mr Csaba K r si while expressing Seychelles deep appreciation to the outgoing President Mr Abdullah Shahid for his leadership during the previous 76th United Nations General Assembly session He also conveyed words of thanks to the Secretary General of the United Nations 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 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 A world in deep crisis Climate inaction the aftermath of the pandemic food insecurity rising energy costs and the war in Ukraine We have reached a turning point One that forces us to question the trajectory of our multilateral order as the dangers to our collective well being are grave and numerous 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 Many of us in the developing world have had to revise our 2030 aspirations due to lost progress the President stressed Furthermore he called on the assembly to recognize the plight and vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States SIDs while continuing to implement temporary solutions 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 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 President Ramkalawan 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 The President ended his speech by addressing the issues of climate adaptation and mitigation and encouraged leaders to be prepared to make bold decisions During his participation in UNGA 77 President Ramkalawan will participate in multiple side events and bilateral meetings The President and First Lady will also attend a dinner hosted by the President of the United States Mr Joe Biden tonight 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 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
    President Ramkalawan addresses the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York
      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 Addressing the room President Ramkalawan congratulated the new President of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Mr Csaba K r si while expressing Seychelles deep appreciation to the outgoing President Mr Abdullah Shahid for his leadership during the previous 76th United Nations General Assembly session He also conveyed words of thanks to the Secretary General of the United Nations 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 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 A world in deep crisis Climate inaction the aftermath of the pandemic food insecurity rising energy costs and the war in Ukraine We have reached a turning point One that forces us to question the trajectory of our multilateral order as the dangers to our collective well being are grave and numerous 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 Many of us in the developing world have had to revise our 2030 aspirations due to lost progress the President stressed Furthermore he called on the assembly to recognize the plight and vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States SIDs while continuing to implement temporary solutions 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 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 President Ramkalawan 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 The President ended his speech by addressing the issues of climate adaptation and mitigation and encouraged leaders to be prepared to make bold decisions During his participation in UNGA 77 President Ramkalawan will participate in multiple side events and bilateral meetings The President and First Lady will also attend a dinner hosted by the President of the United States Mr Joe Biden tonight 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 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
    President Ramkalawan addresses the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York
    Africa2 weeks ago

    President Ramkalawan addresses the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York

    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.

    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.

    session.

    He also conveyed words of thanks to the Secretary General of the United Nations.

    “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.

    ” 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.

    A world in deep crisis; Climate inaction, the aftermath of the pandemic, food insecurity, rising energy costs, and the war in Ukraine.

    We have reached a turning point.

    One that forces us to question the trajectory of our multilateral order, as the dangers to our collective well-being are grave and numerous."

    “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.

    Many of us in the developing world have had to revise our 2030 aspirations due to lost progress,” the President stressed.

    Furthermore, he called on the assembly to recognize the plight and vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (SIDs) while continuing to implement temporary solutions.

    “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.

    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.

    President Ramkalawan.

    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.

    The President ended his speech by addressing the issues of climate adaptation and mitigation and encouraged leaders to be prepared to make bold decisions.

    During his participation in UNGA 77, President Ramkalawan will participate in multiple side events and bilateral meetings.

    The President and First Lady will also attend a dinner hosted by the President of the United States, Mr. Joe Biden, tonight.

    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.

    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