Press release

Seychelles highlights priorities at 8th Summit of the ACP Heads of State and Government

June 1, 2016

President Michel was represented at the 8th Summit of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) by Secretary of State Ambassador Barry Faure. The Summit, held on the theme of “Repositioning the ACP Group to respond to the Challenges of Sustainable Development”, was held under the chairmanship of Hon. Peter O’ Neil, Prime Minister of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.

Speaking on behalf of Seychelles, Secretary of State Faure said: “Conscious that the global framework agreements of 2015 together form a global and integrated blueprint for equity, the ACP’s focus now needs to turn to implementation. The ACP needs to be the world’s number one reminder, the world’s number one actor, and the world’s number one judge where implementation is concerned”.

Ambassador Faure also quoted an UNCTAD report which states that, globally, between 5 trillion and 7 trillion United Sates Dollars are required per annum to finance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Thus, showing how unprecedented, immediate and urgent action is required to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

With reference to the importance of Goal 14 of the 2030 Agenda on oceans/the Blue Economy, which is integral to most of the SDGs and to necessary transition towards the inclusive green economy, Ambassador Faure concluded: “The ACP has taken the necessary steps to recognize the importance of the Blue Economy and Summit can now elevate this recognition by including it in its Declaration. This will prove that we have the political will for us to leverage our oceanic space for our own benefit. Let the spirit of ACP unity and our sense of urgency catalyze ambitious and immediate action for the sustainable and equitable development of our countries and peoples.”

The 8 th ACP Summit agreed to reorient the ACP body to render it more responsive, relevant and fit for the new challenges of Sustainable Development and for the period beyond the expiry of the Cotonu Partnership Agreement in 2020.