Seychelles to co-chair Alliance of Small Island States from 2017-2018
The Ministerial meeting of the Alliance of Small Island States held in Seychelles from 11th-12th November has endorsed the decision of AOSIS ambassadors in New York for Seychelles to co-chair the Alliance from 2017-2018, succeeding Maldives from 2015-2016 who will be the successor of current chair Nauru whose chairmanship comes to a conclusion in December this year.
Maldives and Seychelles will chair the organization on behalf of the AIMS (Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Seas) region.
President James Michel expressed his appreciation and support to Nauru as the current chair and also pledged Seychelles’ full engagement and support to Maldives as incoming chair in 2015 and to lead the alliance to the Paris negotiations:
“Seychelles is honoured to have been endorsed by all of you as future chair of AOSIS for the period 2017-2018. We consider your endorsement as recognition of our leadership role in AOSIS. We shall support the efforts of Maldives in 2015 as it succeeds Nauru to ensure that we strengthen our position ahead of Paris, and that we reinforce the ability of AOSIS to truly act decisively.”
It should be noted that Seychelles is also bidding for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council in that time period. Should Seychelles be successful in its bid whilst congruently assuming the chairmanship of the AOSIS, the country would be in prime position to consolidate the voices of all SIDS to address issues of concern for SIDS, including addressing the spectre of climate change and reaching an equitable solution securing their future. Minister Jean-Paul reiterated President James Michel’s plea that small islands should speak in one voice, as islanders face the burden of climate change while contributing the least to its root causes.