National Report on Post 2015 UN Development Agenda LaunchedOct 9, 2013
The National Report on the ‘Post 2015 UN Development Agenda - The Future We Want’, in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was launched this afternoon at Sir Harilal Vaghjee Hall, in Port Louis.
The Report is the outcome of an inclusive consultative process and forms part of a global reflection on ‘The Future that we want’ in the Post 2015 Development Agenda launched by the UN Secretary General in January 2012 to coordinate preparations for a new Development Framework Beyond 2015.
Mauritius’ recommendations revolve around three main axes: the need to restructure the current MDGs; the adoption of new goals for a Post-2015 UN Development Agenda; and, the coherence of the process with other existing initiatives.
The new goals for Post-2015 UN Development Agenda identified by the national consultation processes are:
· Achieving sustainable growth
· Building resilience for vulnerable countries (SIDS, LDCs, African countries)
· Addressing issues related to population dynamics, especially the ageing population
· Consolidating good governance
· Consolidating universal human rights
In his address at the launching ceremony, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Arvin Boolell, said that the MDGs framework, set to expire at the end of 2015, has indeed demonstrated the power of global goals and a shared purpose, bringing nations and people together. ‘A milestone in global and national development efforts, the MDGs are still making a real difference in people’s lives. However, while these gains must be consolidated, many challenges still remain to be addressed as the 2015 deadline approaches’, he stressed.
According to the Minister, it is indeed a matter of pride that as the new Post 2015 framework is being developed, Mauritius was selected to hold national consultations. The Government together with development partners, the UNDP and other key stakeholders engaged in an inclusive consultative process that provided a platform for the fostering of deeper interactions on how the international community should view a Post-2015 Agenda and the National Report is one that mirrors the aspirations of the Mauritian society at large, he added.
For his part, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Mauritius, Mr Simon Springett, stated that at the start of the consultations in Mauritius, ambitious targets were set. ‘We wanted a Post-2015 Framework that would be people-centred and planet-sensitive to address the universal challenges of the 21st century: promoting sustainable development, supporting job creating growth, protecting the environment, and providing peace, security, justice, freedom and equity at all levels’, he pointed out.
Mauritius and the Post 2015 UN Development Agenda
It is recalled that in 2012, the UN Secretary General established a UN System Task Force to coordinate preparations for beyond 2015 and support the work of the High Level Panel that the UN Secretary General has appointed to advise him on the post 2015 development agenda. The High Level Panel is expected to submit a report to the Secretary General in the first half of 2013.
Mauritius has been selected as one of the 50 countries to hold the national consultation process to feed into the report of the High Level Panel. The aim of this national consultation is to stimulate discussions amongst national stakeholders and to garner inputs and ideas for a global shared vision of the ‘future we want’ to inform the post-2015 development agenda.
It is to be noted that the number of countries where national consultations are taking place has now reached 83 and with an expectation to reach 100 during the course of 2013.
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