Press release

Seychelles shares experiences on disability inclusive development in the context of the MDGs

September 24, 2013

The Seychelles delegation attending the UNGA has emphasised the need for inclusion of persons with disabilities as key component of sustainable development, stressing, “Sustainability implies responsibilities for all as well as opportunities for all”.

Foreign Minister Jean-Paul Adam delivered the statement at the High level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Realisation of the Millennium Development Goals and other Internationally Agreed Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities under the theme ‘The way forward: a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond’ on Monday.

The event was held as a pre-cursor of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly which opens on Tuesday 24th September.  Vice President Danny Faure is currently representing President James Michel at the General Assembly and is leading the Seychelles delegation.

In the statement, the Minister has also emphasised the importance of reinforcing education and skills development of persons with disabilities as well the need to provide support for families:

“In small societies such as Seychelles, by strengthening the support to the family, we can also strengthen inclusion of those family members living with disabilities.  Strong families mean strong societies.”

The statement also stressed Seychelles’ desire to engage persons with disabilities in key sustainable development priorities including sustainable energy, sustainable tourism and protection of biodiversity.