In a decisive move highlighting its commitment to the climate cause, the Seychelles government has revealed its ambitious plans for the forthcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP28) in Dubai. Minister for Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment, Flavien Joubert unveiled that the Seychelles team, under the leadership of President Wavel Ramkalawan, would be a robust delegation of approximately 80 members. The team, encompassing government officials, public enterprises, NGOs, and the private sector, will present a united front in advocating for the island nation's climate concerns.
President Ramkalawan's address at the conference will majorly focus on increasing climate ambition, emphasizing the need for greater finance for adaptation and energy transition, and underlining the urgency of addressing climate change. The recognition of the Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI) and the implementation of a loss and damage fund will also be advocated. Bearing the larger goal of attracting donors and returning with key projects from COP28, Seychelles intends to engage in meaningful discussions around these issues.
Adherence to Paris Agreement Goals
Seychelles will also stress the importance of adhering to the Paris Agreement goals of halving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 and achieving net zero by 2050. A dedicated pavilion at the conference will serve as a platform for bilateral meetings and presentations. The nation, along with the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis), is all set to push for urgent climate action and greater mitigation ambition at COP28.
World leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden, have signalled their probable absence from the COP28 climate talks due to ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. However, the Dubai conference is poised to assess global progress in limiting emissions to slow global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial times. Amidst this backdrop, Seychelles' role becomes even more instrumental in leading the charge for transformative action to tackle the climate crisis.