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President Michel to speak on Seychelles' Blue Economy development at Clinton Global Initiative Special Session on Sustainable Oceans

By Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles
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President James Michel has been invited by former US President Bill Clintonand the Clinton Foundationto speak on a panel on sustainable oceans on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly's General Debate by world leaders in New York next week.

President Michel will also address the General Assembly, which organisers have announced will be the largest gathering of heads of state and government ever at the United Nations.

The other panelistsat the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Special Session on Sustainable Oceanswill bethe world famous American marine biologist, oceans explorer, author and lecturer Sylvia Earle, who is the founder and chair of The Sylvia Earle Alliance, and American actor, author and producer Ted Danson,who is also a member of the board of directors ofOceana,an NGObilled as the largest international ocean conservation and advocacy organisation.

President Michel has been invited to give his perspective as the leader of an island country that is spearheading the development of a Blue Economy as an innovativeway for SIDS to takefull ownership of their large oceanterritoriestodeveloptheir islands through the sustainable use of theirmarine resources while practicing proactiveconservation policies for the oceans and seas that surround them.