Minister Joubert Delivers National Statement at High Level Session of UNEA6

“Seychelles has completed the mapping of mangroves and seagrasses in our EEZ and works are underway to quantify the amount of carbon in storage”

Today marks the conclusion of the sixth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA6). Over the past day, Heads of States, Ministers, and Groups have presented their National Statements. The theme of UNEA6 has been “advancing effective, inclusive, and sustainable multilateral efforts to address climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution.”

During his remarks, Minister Joubert conveyed his appreciation to the Government and the People of Kenya for their warm hospitality, and he commended UNEP for the effective organization of UNEA6.

“As a SIDS with a passion for environment, Seychelles has made tremendous progress in its capacity to manage its territory since UNEA 5.2. We have now put in place the institutional framework for the implementation of our Marine Spatial Plan.”

Minister Joubert emphasized the recent achievement of completing deep-sea research in collaboration with an international partner two months ago. Additionally, he noted a significant milestone: the exploration of the deepest point, the Amirantes Trench, reaching depths of up to 5 kilometers, marking the first time this area has been explored.

“Madam President, I am happy to announce that Seychelles has completed the mapping of mangroves and seagrasses in our EEZ and works are underway to quantify the amount of carbon in storage. We are on track and remain committed to achieving our NDC commitment of 100% protection of the mangroves and sea grasses by 2030.”

Minister Joubert appealed to member states, urging them to pledge their commitment to several crucial matters under discussion at UNEA 6. He emphasized that what is needed is a profound understanding of the value of life on our planet and a strong sense of justice, which should compel us to courageously and promptly tackle the current crises we are confronting.

“Let us rapidly sign of the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) agreement to protect from pillage our shared marine resources. Let us inscribe into our national plans positive action to “halt and reverse deforestation and forest degradation by 2030, and make tree planting an everyday activity. Let us commit to making Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC4) and 5 a success, such that the global action on plastic can begin. Let’s commit to the Sound Management of chemicals and waste, especially those have cross boundaries and persist in the environment. Let’s incorporate low carbon development and renewable energy in our national plans for energy and climate action, whilst appreciating that solar radiation modification is not the solution.”

Minister Joubert stated Seychelles’ appreciation for the chance to collaborate with all partners through UNEA, emphasizing it as a platform where countries, regardless of size, can unite to shape the global environmental agenda. He further affirmed Seychelles’ gratitude for the backing of international partners in supporting programs within the country and the region, highlighting UNEP’s pivotal role in this regard. He encouraged the exploration of additional options and the strengthening of coordination among agencies to facilitate the achievement of all countries’ objectives.

In conclusion, Minister Joubert urged members to unite in safeguarding our planet for future generations. Seychelles is prepared to contribute, collaborate, and advocate for a healthier and more resilient world.

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