GA / SEYCHELLES RAMKALAWAN

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The President of Seychelles, Wavel Ramkalawan, told the General Assembly’s General Debate that “addressing the climate crisis is no longer optional. It is an immediate necessity.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 20 SEPTEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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19 SEPTEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

20 SEPTEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Seychelles President, Wavel Ramkalawan, walks up to General Assembly podium
3. Wide shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Wavel Ramkalawan, President, Republic of Seychelles:
“If we are to make progress on our development agenda, we can no longer call what we are facing, climate change. The point at which lives, and livelihoods are lost with frightening frequency due to environmental disasters means that we are living through a climate crisis. Addressing the climate crisis is no longer optional. It is an immediate necessity.”
5. Wide shot, Ramkalawan at the podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Wavel Ramkalawan, President, Republic of Seychelles:
“Seychelles is committed to renewable energy and energy efficiency, but as a Small Island Developing State, we lack the capacity and infrastructure to develop these solutions fully. OECD and G20 countries, as major emitters, must take decisive actions to lead in combating climate change. The establishment of the Loss and Damage Fund is a positive step, but its operationalisation is crucial to compensate those most at risk. Nature-based solutions, exemplified by Seychelles’ pioneering of Blue Bonds and the Blue Economy, showcase the potential for sustainable development.”
7. Med shot, Seychelles delegation
8. S SOUNDBITE (English) Wavel Ramkalawan, President, Republic of Seychelles:
“The SIDS coalition for Nature, launched by Seychelles, Belize, Cabo Verde, and Samoa, is mobilising support for ambitious biodiversity targets. This is clear evidence that SIDS continue to lead by example – doing more than our fair share to alleviate the pressure being exerted on our planet. It is through such trust-building cooperation that we will obtain impactful outcomes as demonstrated by the recent adoption of the High Seas Treaty.”
9. Med shot, Seychelles delegation applauding

STORYLINE:

The President of Seychelles, Wavel Ramkalawan, today (20 Sep) told the General Assembly’s General Debate that “addressing the climate crisis is no longer optional. It is an immediate necessity.”

Ramkalawan said, “if we are to make progress on our development agenda, we can no longer call what we are facing, climate change. The point at which lives, and livelihoods are lost with frightening frequency due to environmental disasters means that we are living through a climate crisis.”

He said, “Seychelles is committed to renewable energy and energy efficiency, but as a Small Island Developing State, we lack the capacity and infrastructure to develop these solutions fully.”

Ramkalawan said OECD and G20 countries, as major emitters, must take decisive actions to lead in combating climate change.”

He acknowledged the establishment of the Loss and Damage Fund as “a positive step,” but said, “its operationalisation is crucial to compensate those most at risk.”

Nature-based solutions, such as Blue Bonds and the Blue Economy, pioneered by Seychelles, he said, “showcase the potential for sustainable development.”

Ramkalawan told the Assembly that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Coalition for Nature, “is mobilising support for ambitious biodiversity targets,” which he said, “is clear evidence that SIDS continue to lead by example – doing more than our fair share to alleviate the pressure being exerted on our planet.”

The SIDS Coalition for Nature was launched by Seychelles, Belize, Cabo Verde, and Samoa, in December last year.
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