Press release

Africa Calls for Sustainable Management of Oceanic Spaces as key Part of Development Ambitions

November 7, 2013

Seychelles has applauded the inclusion of proposed Sustainable Development Goals that protect the environment and call for sustainable management of oceanic spaces in the emerging document from the Africa Regional Consultative Meeting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, welcomed the inclusions and described it indicative of the ambitious development vision Africa had for the continent:

“It has become clear that any future for the continent includes the sustainable management and development of Africa’s Blue Economy, as not only an issue of paramount importance to Small Island Developing States but for the whole of Africa.

“The decision of the AU ministerial meeting on the SDGs to prioritise marine resources as part of the outcome document that we are taking forward to the African Union Summit in January shows that we recognize the importance of protecting and developing our oceanic spaces as a cross-cutting platform for boosting trade, industry, inter connectivity, research and innovation, food security, and social inclusion for all.”

The recommendation from this regional meeting are expected to be brought to the African Union for inclusion in the development of Africa’s common position on the post-2015 development agenda following the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals.

A global summit to finalise the SDGs is expected to take place in the third quarter of 2014.

Minister Adam attended the Ministerial meeting as part of the Seychelles delegation, which included the Designated Minister and Minister for Social Affairs, Community Development and Sports, Mr. Vincent Meriton, the Permanent Representative to the African Union, Ambassador Joseph Nourrice and the Special Advisor for Social Affairs, Mrs. Marie-Josee Bonne.


Editors Notes:

  • The Africa regional meeting held was a culmination of numerous smaller regional consultations on the SDGs which includes the Sub-Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which Seychelles hosted from the 17th to the 19th of July 2013 at Kempinski Resort, Baie Lazare. The conference for Small Island States is expected to take place in Samoa 2014.