Seychelles commended for its role in addressing climate change

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and the President of the Seychelles, James Alix Michel. Photo: UNRIC Nairobi/Newton Kanhema.

Small island developing states have demonstrated that they have "big ideas and big political will" to tackle climate change, the UN Secretary-General said on Saturday.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking in the Seychelles, where he met with President James Alix Michel and his cabinet, in addition to visiting the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, a World Heritage site.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Secretary-General thanked the Government and people of the Seychelles for their leadership on issues such as addressing climate change and poverty.

He also praised the country for its role in fighting piracy and transnational crime in the region.

"My visit to the Seychelles has reinforced my impression that small island states have found their voice and are ready to lead. You have a key role on the frontlines of climate change to remind us all of the interconnectedness of our world and what we stand to lose if we do not take action now."

The Seychelles is among 16 countries that have ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Mr Ban told journalists in the capital, Victoria, that the Seychelles and its peers "have shown that small islands have big ideas and big political will."

He also addressed the issue of the country's extreme vulnerability to storm surges, such as those which occurred as a result of cyclone Fantala last month.

The UN chief said preventing and preparing for natural disasters will be on the agenda at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul later this month.

He expressed hope that the Seychelles will share its expertise at the summit.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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