Press release

Vice President Faure meets the Director General of UNESCO highlighting the Blue Economy

June 9, 2015

Vice President Danny Faure met with Mrs Irina Bukova, the Director General of UNESCO, during his visit to the organisation’s headquarters in Paris on the occasion of the World Oceans Day on 8th June.

The Vice President commended UNESCO and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) on the forum organised on the day with the objective of drawing attention to the necessity of taking the ocean into account in the negotiations on climate change. He briefed Mrs Bukova on Seychelles’ planned transition to a comprehensive Blue Economy that harnesses the economic benefits of ocean resources in a sustainable manner while also ensuring the health of the ocean which is the very life support system of the planet.  He stressed the importance to Seychelles of strengthening its capability in research and in human resource development.  

The Director General expressed support for a specific ocean-related sustainable development goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda to be finalised and adopted by the UN General Assembly in September. She noted the leadership of Small Island Developing States, including Seychelles, in promoting this goal.

She congratulated Seychelles on its achievements in social development, noting that it is the only country in Africa to have achieved the Education for All goals. She welcomed the information that Seychelles will soon be moving to the provision of eleven years of free and compulsory education, noting that the World Education Forum held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, last month had adopted nine years of compulsory education.  

The Vice President said that Seychelles’s achievements in education reflect the support received from UNESCO over the years. The Director General assured the Vice President of the Organisation’s continued cooperation with Seychelles concerning the Blue Economy as well as in its other areas of its mandate and commended Seychelles on its involvement in the work of UNESCO.