National Geographic society hosts President Faure and former President James Michel

Washington D.C., USA: President Danny Faure and former President Michel were honoured guests at a reception organised by the National Geographic society (NGS) last night at the historic Hubbard hall in Washington DC. The event, attended by the NGS leaders, donors, explorers and leaders in philanthropy, was hosted by the President and CEO of the society, Mr Tracy. R. Wolstencroft.

President Faure and former President Michel are in Washington DC to accept the 'Planetary and Leadership' award at a ceremony to be held at the George Washington university in Washington DC later today, Wednesday 12 June. The award recognises a world leader who has successfully established globally significant protected areas, such as national parks, wilderness areas, or marine reserves, that are fully shielded from exploitation.

In his opening address, the CEO of the National Geographic society Mr Wolstencroft congratulated the Seychelles for being at the forefront in the plight against climate change as well as for being advocates of a sustainable blue economy. Accounts of what the country, as well as what the current and former presidents have achieved over time in marine preservation, was highlighted by the speakers, such as the expansion of Seychelles' marine protection to 26% (out of a 30% target) of its Exclusive Economic Zone.

Exchange of gifts between President Faure and the CEO of the National Geographic society was another feature of the evening. A latest copy of the June 2019 NGS magazine was also given to all attendees at the event, which contains a special piece on Aldabra.

Also present at the function was the Ambassador of Seychelles mission to the United Nations, Mr Ronald Jumeau.

Source: State House, Office of the President of the Seychelles