Press release

First Multi-Sector Policy Dialogue between the Government of Seychelles and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT)

May 19, 2022

The first Multi-Sector Policy Dialogue between the Government of Seychelles and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), was held today 19 May 2022.

The High-Level Dialogue was co-chaired by Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, and Ms. Christine N. Umutoni, the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) for Seychelles and Mauritius.

The Dialogue was organized as an open and constructive exchange between the Seychelles’ Ministers and other representatives from both the Government and the UN, in order to reflect on the country’s response to Covid-9 pandemic and to identify priority areas of support and cooperation for the next UN-Seychelles Strategic Partnership Framework (SPF – 2024-2028) in parallel with the country’s National Development Strategy (NDS).

The two co-chairs recognised the excellent collaboration that exist between Seychelles and the United Nations, which extends over a broad scope of areas. The delegates exchanged experiences and best practices on possible cooperation on a number of issues of common interest, including the priority areas outlined for the next NDS, namely Transformative Economy, Environment Sustainability, Climate Change, Human Rights, Law and Order, Health, Social Affairs, Education and Culture.

Minister Radegonde and the UNRC Umutoni also acknowledged the role that the United Nations can play in advocating for Seychelles’ priorities and vulnerabilities as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS). Both sides also agreed to work in synergy as a way forward, for the benefit and improvement of the socio-economic development of the country, post COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister Radegonde took the opportunity to reiterate the appreciation of the Government for the continued support of the United Nations Agencies towards Seychelles. UNRC expressed the commitment of the UN through collective engagement to contribute to Seychelles development aspirations, moving from recovery to sustainable development, with a focus on achieving the SDGs.

The High-Level Policy Dialogue represents one of the key outcomes of the United Nations Country Team annual Retreat being held in Seychelles from 18 to 20 May 2022.