Seychelles Ambassador nominated to Board of world’s largest climate fund

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Seychelles’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Ronny Jumeau, has been nominated to represent Small Island Developing States on the board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the world’s largest international climate fund.

The most recent meeting of the GCF board in Bahrain earlier this month approved more than US$1 billion for 19 new projects and programs to help developing countries address climate change. Since 2015, the GCF, based in Songdo, South Korea, has invested more than $4.6 billion in 93 projects worldwide. 28 SIDS have benefitted from GCF funding to date.

Ambassador Jumeau was nominated by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to serve a two-year term from 2019 to 2021. He succeeds Samoa’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Feturi Elisaia, who was also the first SIDS board member.
Mr Jumeau praised Ambassador Elisaia as a “steadfast champion of small island developing states on the GCF Board, succeeding in simplifying access to vital finances needed for climate action and whose efforts have helped other small and vulnerable countries and communities mitigate, and adapt to, climate threats and risks.

Speaking today, Mr. Jumeau said, “I am honored and humbled to follow in Ambassador Elisaia’s footsteps and pledge to help make the GCF even more fit-for-purpose and responsive to the needs of small island developing states in the light of the IPCC’s (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) alarming report on the urgent need to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The SIDS rallying cry of ‘1.5 to Stay Alive’ will be at the front of my mind during the three years that I’ll be on the board.”

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Alain St Ange has been working in the tourism business since 2009. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. After one year of After one year of service, he was promoted to the position of CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board. In 2012 the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands regional Organization was formed and St Ange was appointed as the first president of the organization. In a 2012 cabinet re-shuffle, St Ange was appointed as Minister of Tourism and Culture which he resigned on 28 December 2016 in order to pursue a candidacy as Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation. At the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu in China, a person who was being sought after for the “Speakers Circuit” for tourism and sustainable development was Alain St.Ange. St.Ange is the former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who left office in December last year to run for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO. When his candidature or document of endorsement was withdrawn by his country just a day before the elections in Madrid, Alain St.Ange showed his greatness as a speaker when he addressed the UNWTO gathering with grace, passion, and style. His moving speech was recorded as the one on the best marking speeches at this UN international body. African countries often remember his Uganda address for the East Africa Tourism Platform when he was a guest of honor. As former Tourism Minister, St.Ange was a regular and popular speaker and was often seen addressing forums and conferences on behalf of his country. His ability to speak ‘off the cuff’ was always seen as a rare ability. He often said he speaks from the heart. In Seychelles he is remembered for a marking address at the official opening of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria when he reiterated the words of John Lennon famous song… ” you may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one. One day you will all join us and the world will be better as one”. The world press contingent gathered in Seychelles on the day ran with the words by St.Ange which made headlines everywhere. St.Ange delivered the keynote address for the “Tourism & Business Conference in Canada” Seychelles is a good example for sustainable tourism. This is therefore not surprising to see Alain St.Ange being sought after as a speaker on the international circuit. Member of Travelmarketingnetwork.