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The National Assembly of Seychelles Makes Climate Change Take Center Stage at the 139th Inter-Parliament Union General Assembly

The delegation of the National Assembly headed by the Speaker Hon. Nicholas Prea, of whom attended the 139th Inter Parliamentary Union General Assembly held from the 12th to the 18th October, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland returned to the country this weekend, after successfully co-hosting the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) with Fiji, participating in different forums including the general debate and holding bilateral meetings. Speaker Prea was accompanied by Hon. Jany de Letourdie- Member of the National Assembly, Hon. Waven William-Member for Grand Anse Mahe, Mrs. Tanis Isaac-the Deputy Clerk and Mr. Roberto Legaie-the Speaker of the Youth Assembly.

The SIDS meeting which Seychelles co-hosted with the Parliament of Fiji was attended by delegates from Tonga, Samoa and Micronesia. The group reflected on the impact of Climate Change on SIDS in relation to COP24 and proposed it as an Emergency Item to be included on the agenda of the 139th Assembly. Hon. Waven William was chosen as the representative of the SIDS group to assist with drafting and also defending the proposal entitled “Climate Change-Let us not cross the line”, which was competing with three other proposals before the Assembly, including the situation of UNRWA and the Palestinians, peace and security in the Sahel and ending the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The Climate Change proposal made history by receiving the most votes as the Emergency Item and was also unanimously voted as a Resolution of the 139th General Assembly.

The Members also participated in different forums including the General Debate on the theme “Parliamentary Leadership in promoting peace and development in the age of innovation and technological changes”. Speaker Prea delivered a powerful speech about the steps taken by the National Assembly to embrace technological innovations and also the plight of SIDS in the digital divide. He appealed to the developed countries to assist SIDS with research and technological innovations to combat climate change. He later presided over the Assembly with the continuation of the General Debate.

Hon. Jany de Letourdie attended the Women Parliamentary Forum and took part in the debate about “ensuring that children enjoy their rights and grow up protected from violence”. She gave an account of the legislations approved by Seychelles to protect children and also urged all countries to honour their commitments to implement the different Conventions signed on the protection of women and children.

The delegation also attended the Youth Forum, the SADC Parliamentary Forum meeting, the African Parliamentary Union forum, held meeting with the Speaker of Ghana who will be visiting Seychelles soon and met with the Secretary General of IPU Mr. Martin Chungong to discuss technical assistance for the National Assembly of Seychelles for 2019.

IPU Seychelles Group Photo Parliaments of Seychelles and Fiji (co-hosts of the SIDS Meeting) Seychelles Delegation at IPU Seychelles Delegation with IPU Secretary General Speaker Presiding Over the Assembly