Adapting to climate change key to survival of small states


Prof. Payet and Ambassador Moses during their meeting

The Minister for Environment and Energy, Professor Rolph Payet, made this remark during talks on Wednesday with the chairperson of the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis), Ambassador Marlene Moses.

Minister Payet expressed satisfaction that under Ambassador Moses’ leadership, Aosis has remained true to, and steadfast in advancing its core principles and positions, often in the face of stiff resistance.  Minister Payet also reiterated Seychelles’ continuing strong and committed support to Aosis and its chair.

In their discussions, both Minister Payet and Ambassador Moses agreed that Aims countries should play a more prominent role in international climate change negotiations and increase synergies with the G77 and China to attract more funding to address adaptation strategies. 

Professor Payet also took the opportunity on behalf of the Seychelles government to congratulate Ambassador Moses on her leadership of Aosis at a particular challenging time in the climate change negotiations when the world is struggling to reach a new legally binding climate agreement by 2015.

Ambassador Moses, who is also the permanent representative to the United Nations for the Republic of Nauru, is in Seychelles to attend the sub-regional preparatory meeting for the third international conference on small island developing states (Sids), which Seychelles is hosting at the Kempinski Resort, Baie Lazare.

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