Seychelles has signed Charter Fourteen of the United Nations which calls for an inclusive approach to disaster risk reduction response to older people, supporting the United Nations’ efforts to sensitise other governments across the world to also accept the pledge and put it in application.
Many other countries and organisations worldwide have signed the document in a show of support to improve the situation of the elderly around the world and for growing future generations of older people.
Designated Minister, Vincent Meriton who is also responsible for the ministry of Community Development, Social Affairs and Sports, signed the pledge on October 17th during a ceremony at the National Cultural Centre.
The event was to commemorate the International Day for Disaster and Risk Reduction which falls on October 13th.
‘Resilience is for Life’ is the theme chosen for 2014, focusing on older people.
The special advisor in the Ministry of Social Affairs, Community Development and Sports, Dan Frichot said the government recognises that disasters, especially natural ones, are generally directly linked to climate change and development. He mentioned President James Michel’s continuous emphasis on the subject at international forums to defend our country’s interest and that of other small island states.
“The International Day for Disaster and Risk Reduction is an opportunity to remind our population that climate change is real,” said Mr Frichot, citing the distress it has brought to our communities and the economic cost to Seychelles as a result.
Referring to some ongoing international crisis, the Director General of DRDM Mr Paul Labaleine, said these issues are telling us that we need to be vigilant and to have established structures and legal capabilities in place to protect the citizens, particularly the most vulnerable.
The ceremony was also attended by Vice President Danny Faure, showing the government of Seychelles’ commitment towards the Chapter Fourteen pledge.