Mancham invited at small islands states conference in Mauritius


Former President James R. Mancham, who returned on Thursday from Australia, leaves Seychelles on Saturday for Mauritius where he has been invited to attend the Small Island Developing States (Sids) conference in his capacity as a Special Advisor to the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) which has a consultative status within the United Nations structure.

Besides Mr Mancham the IIFWP delegation will consist of Rev. Chung Kwan Kwak, chairman of the IIFWP; Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, secretary general of the IIFWP; Mrs Karen Judd Smith, vice-president and director, Office of United Nations Relations of the IIFWP and Mr Hiroshi Matsuzaki, executive director of the Federation for Island Nations for World Peace.

This conference, which will be attended by over 25 heads of States, has been called to review the implementation of the programme of action for the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States.

It is to be noted that the Federation of Island Nations for World Peace which is committed to the social, spiritual and economic development of Small Island States, is an organisation which falls within the framework and structure of the IIFWP.  The Federation of Island Nations for World Peace will host a summit conference for island nations in a few months in Tokyo, Japan.

According to a communiqué from Mr Mancham's Glacis-sur-Mer office, the IIFWP will, at the Mauritius conference, introduce its innovative approach to human development, sustainable development and HIV/Aids prevention.

Mr Mancham has been asked to address the conference on the theme “An Innovative Approach to Small Island Nations Developing States Leadership in the 21st century”.
Mr Mancham will return to Seychelles on Saturday January 15.

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