Seychelles highlights maritime concerns in General Assembly speechListen /
The island nation of the Seychelles is calling for the sustainable development and protection of Africa's coastal areas and oceans.
In his address to the UN General Assembly on Friday, Vice President Danny Faure suggested transforming oceans from being sources of raw products to a space where Africa's trade needs are prioritized.
"The status quo merely perpetrates a model where we will consume our planet's resources with no long-term protection while the menace of climate change continues to grow as a threat to our economies, our way of life and our existence."
Vice President Faure also touched on the issue of maritime security.
He said national and regional initiatives have helped the Seychelles to strengthen its ability to deter piracy, illegal fishing and trafficking in arms, drugs and people.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.