Seychelles president says ‘no time to attend’ after COP27 ‘loss and injury’ deal

In an interview with Axadle, the Seychelles president hailed the settlement reached on the COP27 local weather convention on a “loss and damage” fund for weak nations as “good news”. Wavel Ramkalawan mentioned “loss and damage” had been a long-standing request of small island states like his, however added that the important thing now was implementation and funding. “I hope that this good news is immediately translated into reality, because the world does not have time to wait,” he mentioned. Ramkalawan underlined that the islands in his archipelago face a really actual danger of disappearing if no critical measures are taken towards local weather change.

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Seychelles has signed an oil exploration cope with a Canadian firm as a approach to faucet wealthy nations. Ramkalawan defined that if developed nations didn’t need the oil to be exploited, they need to supply compensation.

“The industrialized countries have to come up with clear solutions. They can’t just tell us: get off fossil fuels and go to renewable energy. They also have to sit down with us,” he mentioned.

Ramkalawan mentioned Western nations weren’t residing as much as their local weather commitments, pointing to their strikes to return to coal energy or spend billions on the warfare in Ukraine.

“What hypocrisy is that? [Of] the amount of cash promised (at COP26) in Scotland – $100 billion a 12 months – nothing has come up to date. However as quickly as there was a warfare in Europe, abruptly trillions appeared and every part was OK. The world have to be critical. And despite the fact that we’re small, we wish to say to these nations: take us significantly, we’re web zero. The industrialized nations are speaking about 2050 (to achieve web zero). Seychelles is web zero.”

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