Message by H.E. Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan on World Oceans Day 2023


08th June 2023

Today, we are commemorating the World Oceans Day as a reminder of the immense significance our oceans hold for all of humanity, and in particular, for us, the Seychellois people. Our oceans are not merely vast bodies of water; they are the lifeblood of our nation, providing sustenance, livelihoods, and inspiration. They are a source of beauty and wonder, and they connect us to the rest of the world. Today, we come together to celebrate this invaluable resource and to acknowledge the collective action required to ensure its sustainable use and preservation.

The ocean has always been an integral part of Seychelles’ identity. It is interwoven into our culture, our history, and our very way of life. From the vibrant coral reefs that surround our islands to the diverse marine species that call our waters home, we are blessed with a natural heritage that is unrivaled. But with this privilege comes a great responsibility. We must be steadfast guardians of our oceans, protecting them for future generations and upholding our commitment to sustainable practices.

In this pursuit, the blue economy emerges as a driving force, propelling us toward a future where economic growth and environmental stewardship go hand in hand. The blue economy is not merely a concept; it is a testament to our belief that sustainable development is possible, that we can harness the potential of our oceans while safeguarding their integrity. It is an invitation to explore new frontiers, where innovation and conservation converge, creating opportunities for our people and securing a vibrant future for Seychelles.

But the blue economy cannot thrive in isolation. Collaboration and partnership are the linchpins of success. Today, we stand united, recognizing that no single entity or nation can single-handedly manage the vast expanse of our oceans. We must work hand in hand, sharing knowledge, expertise, and resources, to ensure the effective and responsible management of our marine ecosystem.

I stand before you today as the Patron of the Ocean Decade Alliance, as a testament to the power of collaboration. It is through partnership that we have made great strides in marine use and conservation, establishing marine protected areas, developing emerging blue economy sectors such as marine biotechnology and circular economy, implementing sustainable fishing practices, and pioneering innovative solutions to combat climate change. Together, we have achieved significant milestones, but our work is far from over.

As we move forward, let us engage with communities, empower our youth, and foster a sense of ownership and responsibility for our oceans. Seychelles is known as the African Union Blue Economy Champion, but you, the people, are the real champions, because it is you who has the power to effect change! Let us be the champions of change, working together to ensure that our marine resources are managed wisely and that the splendor of our oceans endures for generations to come.

On this World Oceans Day let us be inspired by the beauty and resilience of our oceans, and let us remember that their fate is in our hands. Together, we can build a future where the blue economy flourishes, where sustainable practices guide our actions, and where the ocean remains a source of inspiration, prosperity, and life.

Thank you!


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