A delegation from the National Assembly of Seychelles headed by the Speaker, Hon. Nicholas Prea just returned to the country after actively participating in the 140thInter Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly held from 4thto 10thApril, 2019 in Doha, Qatar.The delegation participated in different forums including the general debate and holding bilateral meetings. Speaker Prea was accompanied by Hon. Jany de Letourdi- Member of the National Assembly, Hon. Waven William-Member for Grand Anse Mahe and Mrs. Tanis Isaac-the Deputy Clerk.
This Conference gathered more than 800 participants from 160 national parliaments, Associated inter parliamentary organizations and invited guests led by 80 Speakers/Chairman of Parliaments and 40 Presiding Officers.
As the co-Chair of the Small Islands Developing States Committee alongside the Parliament of Fiji, Seychelles incessantly advocated for continual international actions on climate change and lobbied for support to the Emergency Resolution calling for urgent action to support Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. The cyclone was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record bringing torrential rains and high winds to southern Africa, causing widespread flooding and landslides, and leaving a trail of devastation in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. It is estimated that well over 700 people died, 1,500 were injured and 110,000 people were displaced. In response to this, the resolution urged countries to take more action on climate change to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement by investing in climate-resilient programmes for the most vulnerable and supporting affected countries in developing resilience mechanisms and disaster risk reduction.
This resolution which was submitted by the Netherlands was seconded by Seychelles and presented to the General Assembly by Hon. Waven William in view that at the 139th Assembly of the IPU, Seychelles co- led the group of Small Island Developing States to successfully demand an immediate action on climate change.
The Members also participated in different forums including SADC Parliamentary Forum Group meeting, African Parliamentary Union Group meeting and the General Debate on the theme”Parliaments as Platforms for Promoting Education for Peace, Security and the Rule of Law. Speaker Prea showcased the policies and legislative framework of Seychelles which transcend into a conducive environment for equal access to quality education for boys and girls and the oversight role of parliament in peace, security and the role of law.
Hon. Jany de Letourdi attended the Forum for Women Parliamentarians and took part in the debate on equality at work and highlighted the legislations of Seychelles which promotes employment for women in all sectors of the economy.
The delegation held a bilateral meeting with the President of IPU, Ms. Gabriella Cuaves and lobbied for the inclusion of Seychelles as a country to be visited during her African tour this summer.