Wednesday, 30 September 2015

President Michel calls for greater solidarity and climate commitment at UNGA

Press Release-President Michel calls for greater solidarity and climate commitment at UNGAThe President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. James Alix Michel has addressed the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, which is a momentous occasion for the international organisation as it celebrates its 70thanniversary and as an overarching tenet seeks to adopt the Post-2015 development Agenda which includes the Sustainable Development Goals.

In his speech, the President called for concerted action to address the global challenges which arise from the adverse climate change, famine, war, poverty, the development constraints faced by SIDS, and the reform process of the United Nations and post second world war institutions to make them more relevant to this era.

President Michel spoke of the fact that real ‘determination’ to solve issues concerning the entire world is sorely lacking and that inaction would certainly condemn future generations to an uncertain fate.

“ Look around us. What do we see? A world lacking in determination. A world torn apart by vicious wars and conflicts. A world where poverty, hunger, famine and epidemics continue to grow unabated. Where inequality, injustice and disparity are on the rise. A world where environmental degradation and despoliation go unchecked. A world – our world – menaced by climate change,” said President Michel.

Speaking about the United Nations, President Michel noted its important place in today’s world, however also commented on the need for deep reform to make it more representative realities facing the 21st century. “... Its lofty ideals are as relevant today as when it was founded. However, its structures of governance – in particular, the Security Council – are not. In today’s world, it represents a fundamentally undemocratic and unrepresentative institution,” said President Michel.

The President reiterated the principle of determination with which these reforms could take place making the United Nations and other post-1945 institutions inclusive and democratic. A central theme of the President’s speech was the need for resolute action on climate change and embracing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Read More...


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