Side Event: A Quest for a More Resilient and Sustainable Future: an urgent need for climate action and healthy oceans in Seychelles

3 December 2023
11:00-1:00 p.m.
Seychelles Pavilion
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Online access: to be confirmed

A cleaner ocean is essential to island communities’ well-being, biodiversity, and livelihoods but reducing plastic waste can also play a fundamental role in mitigating climate change.

This event will discuss climate mitigation and adaptation contributions provided by the environmentally sound management of harmful chemicals and waste. More specifically, it will focus on actions taken at the national level by the Seychelles and other Small Island Developing countries (SIDs), as well as measures taken at the international and regional levels, under relevant multilateral environmental agreements and intergovernmental organizations.

The issues of the growing built-up chemicals in the environment that contain harmful chemicals, plastic materials production and plastic wastes generation, their management and disposal will be particularly highlighted, noting that marine plastic pollution magnifies climate impacts. Finally, outcomes of the research on climate change scenarios and projections specifically in the case of Seychelles will give us an understanding of the urgency of acting now.



  • Mr. Rolph Payet, the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

Keynote address:

  • H.E. Flavien P Joubert, Minister of Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment, Seychelles.
  • Ms. Leticia Carvalho, Head of Marine and Freshwater Branch, Ecosystems Division and the SIDS Focal Point, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Ms. Preethi Sushil Nair, Programme Coordinator, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mauritius and Seychelles
  • Mr. Joao Sousa, Senior Programme Manager, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Ms. Sheena Talma, Marine Biologist/deep-sea Ecologist, Seychelles

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