INTERVENTION BY VICE PRESIDENT DANNY FAURE FOR THE SPECIAL EVENT IN 2013 TO FOLLOW-UP EFFORTS MADE TOWARDS ACHIEVING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, NEW YORK
WEDNESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2013
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
Perhaps more than any other instrument- the Millennium Development Goals have galvanised efforts to create better lives for all citizens of the United Nations.
By placing the onus on all our respective governments to deliver results that can be measured and which make a difference to people’s lives- we have created a global forum of activism for development.
Seychelles is proud to reflect its own contribution in its Third Millennium Development Goals Report.
We have sought to strengthen ‘people centred development’ as a means of achieving these goals, and have sought where possible to go beyond the expectations of both our people and the international community.
Our MDGs report highlights our sustained investments in education, health and social development. Our report also highlights the challenges of sustaining the momentum of this progress as a Small Island Developing State with access to limited natural resources.
In economic reforms undertaken since 2008, we have sought to build on our strong social platform to create economic opportunity.
For a small economy such as ours, it has become even clearer that these opportunities can only be created through enhanced and proactive engagement with the global economy.
As we discuss the post-2015 development agenda, we need to extend our activism to ensure that we create a global development framework which is sustainable, and which can complement our activism at national level which we have mobilised to achieve the MDGs.
We should not under-estimate the risk of losing what we have already achieved under the MDGs.
Small Island Developing States in particular have been successful in rapidly multiplying the positives of reaching the MDGs, but face a struggle towards mobilising the right support to sustain this momentum. Many are faced with a development paradox- successful implementation of development objectives including the MDGs has been followed by reduced access to affordable and predictable development mechanisms.
In Rio last year, we have begun to chart a path to establishing sustainable development goals.
Following on from the MDGs, we must mobilize a new sense of activism.
We must harness the potential of the ‘green economy’- building individually sustainable economies that fit into a sustainable global economy. And we cannot afford to neglect the potential of the ‘blue economy’, as to sustain our planet we must better engage with our oceans as spaces for connection and development, rather than spaces for exploitation.
The Millennium Development Goals have brought us together as states.
We must now come together as citizens of our planet for the successful implementation of the SDGs.
I thank you