At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. James Alix Michel, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon paid an official visit Seychelles from May7-8. He is the first serving Secretary General of the United Nations ever to visit Seychelles since the country joined the organization in September 1976.
This visit is particularly timely and significant as Seychelles commemorates its 40th anniversary as a sovereign nation and its membership of the United Nations. It is a powerful testimony to the exemplary and fruitful partnership between Seychelles and the United Nations, as well as its agencies, in the political and socio-economic development of Seychelles over the years. This partnership draws its strength from the UN charter, the values it upholds, and the opportunities offered by the organization for friendship and cooperation with the international community. It is nurtured by a common purpose: the progress of people, peace, justice, and prosperity in the world.
It will be recalled that President Michel has built a personal and special relationship with Mr. Ban Ki-moon and that government and other stakeholders have successfully used the UN as a platform for championing the agenda of SIDS (Small Island Developing States), especially where it concerns combatting climate change, promoting the Blue Economy, maritime security, realizing the sustainable development goals, promoting gender equality, youth and women empowerment, as well as dealing with other regional and global issues critical to Seychelles.
Mr. Ban Ki-moon held bilateral talks with President Michel on May 7 and was later hosted to a reception at State House. It will be recalled that Mr. Ban Ki-moon from the Republic of Korea is the eighth occupant of the post. He took office in January 2007. This year marks the end of his second and final, 5-year term as United Nations Secretary General.
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP).