Press release

President Faure Speaks at the Inaugural Paris Peace Forum

November 13, 2018

President Danny Faure attended the opening of the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum today, at La Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris. The launch of the Forum on Sunday 11th November commemorated the centenary of the end of the First World War and is aimed at tackling a range of global challenges through peace-building efforts and international cooperation. Chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron, the event was also attended by other world leaders and actors of global governance such as international organisations, NGOs, companies and experts.

Following the inaugural plenary session, President Faure addressed a group of civil society members, young entrepreneurs and university students in a breakaway session. He elaborated on Seychelles’ landmark blue financing projects such as the Debt Swap for Conservation and Climate Adaption and the Sovereign Blue Bond, whilst highlighting the urgent need for innovative solutions given the threat of climate change.

By international standards, these are small transactions, but for a country like Seychelles, they are important first steps in our transition to a sustainable blue economy. We also hope that our first steps will guide other Small Island Developing States and countries toward their own sustainable blue futures, and eventually gather global momentum for a giant green leap for humanity.

We are now keen to explore how blue finance can assist us with emerging technology-based sectors, such as renewable energy and waste management,” said President Faure, adding: “A healthy ocean is central to improving the livelihoods of all nations, regardless of whether or not they are coastal. Seychelles is calling on the developed countries to elevate the visibility and political importance of climate adaptation and mitigation – by pushing for bold solutions”.

President Faure closed his address by saying, “No nation is immune from a changing climate. As President Macron said, ‘There is no planet B’ ”.

President Faure was accompanied to the Forum by Seychelles Ambassador to France, Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde; Secretary of State for Presidential Affairs, Mrs. Aude Labaleine, Chief of Presidential Protocol, Mrs. Jacqueline Moustache-Belle and Principal Counsellor at the Seychelles Embassy in Paris, Mr. Ralph Agrippine.