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President James Michel addresses special summit on climate change in New York

Post  Sirop14 on Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:13 pm

President James Michel addresses special summit on climate change in New York

26-September-2014
‘We are all victims of climate change’



Climate is a crime against humanity, President James Michel said in his speech delivered at the special summit on climate change convened by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York on Tuesday September 23, 2014.

He added that we are all guilty and we are all victims. But increasingly, Sids themselves, are refusing to be victims.
The President’s speech reads:

“Mr Chairman, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
“We have been given four minutes to address this plenary. It doesn’t matter. It is four minutes too many, I say! For now is not the time for speeches, but for action.

“We have heard it all before: the well-crafted speeches, the promises and the exhortations… We have also heard the scientific facts, the complaints, the pleas for help from those on the front line: Small Island Developing States.

“But how does that help us when we continue to ignore the truth? Climate change – on our current, avid path – is a crime against humanity. We are all guilty. And we are all victims. But increasingly, Sids themselves, are refusing to be victims.

“Speaking as the leader of a Small Island Developing State, I am proud to say that in the spirit of the ‘Samoa Pathway’ many islands are acting on climate change. Because it is crucial to our survival. Because we believe in the survival of humanity. We believe in the wisdom of mankind to act before it is too late.

“We want to take the lead. But we remain burdened by unsustainable debt levels. They challenge our ability to invest in building resilience against climate change.

“Seychelles is hoping to finalise innovative debt for adaptation swaps that allow us to create marine protected areas that build climate resilience, while receiving debt reduction.

“We also call for more ownership by islands and coastal states of our ‘Blue Economy’, strengthening our ability to build resilience, sustainability, food security and economic prosperity. We need to take into consideration a Vulnerability Index for Sids.

“Mr chairman, we must reach an agreement in Paris.

“Therefore what is the way forward?
“We call for the Paris agreement to be a protocol under the UNFCC.

“It must be an ambitious and legally binding agreement and applicable to all and must be adopted within the shortest possible timeframe.

“We must agree ambitious targets on the basis of common but differentiated responsibility.

“We call for the urgent operationalisation of the Warsaw International Mechanism for loss and damage and for a permanent seat on the Executive Committee of the Mechanism to be allocated to Sids.

“We must mobilise real adaption funding for all countries particularly taking into consideration the vulnerability of Sids.
« Monsieur le Président,

« Finalement je fais un vibrant appel à la conscience de toute l'humanité à travers les sentiments d'un enfant de l'océan.

« Récemment, un enfant seychellois s’est adressé au Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies. C’est un cri du cœur qui traduit éloquemment ce que nous ressentons tous en tant qu’insulaires : « Nous sommes petits et pour beaucoup nous ne comptons pas … Je suis insulaire et fier de l’être. Car je ne souhaiterai vivre nulle part ailleurs… Nos appels se noient dans le vacarme que font les grands de ce monde. Pendant qu’ils s’interrogent sur le montant de leurs profits, personne ne s’intéresse à nous. Nous sommes des laissés pour compte… ».
« Mesdames, Messieurs,

« En cette année d’action pour le climat, n’oublions pas nos enfants !

« Ecoutons-les!

« Agissons maintenant, résolument, car c’est leur avenir qui est en cause. L’avenir de nous tous !

« Je vous remercie. »

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=243121


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http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=243120


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