As the world celebrates the 16 Days of Activism, including the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, facts and figures from across the world reveal that the fight to eradicate violence against women is far from being won. In Mauritius, where around 1 in 4 women have reportedly faced gender-based violence (GBV), statistics have shown that the number of cases has increased five-fold during the COVID-19 lockdown period. To cope with this new pandemic of violence, the Government of Mauritius has launched a National Strategy and Action Plan to eliminate Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Mauritius.
Despite the COVID-19 related economic downturn, the pandemic provides the opportunity to review the macro-economic choices and development path required to sustain the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
The Consultative Workshop on National Environmental Policy, which comprised six sessions, was an opportunity to discuss national environmental policies with the participation of various stakeholders of the environment sector. In the first session, the Nationally Determined Contributions, which embody efforts done by each country to reduce national emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change, were reviewed.
While relief efforts are being created to rebound, it is high time to explore innovative policy options to ease the humanitarian and development crisis. One possible solution in Mauritius is to explore the potential of Crowdfunding, a funding technique which is aligned with the United Nations SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals.
E€OFISH, a new programme to promote sustainable fishing in East Africa, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean region, was officially launched in Port Louis, on 9 December 2020. Promoted and funded by the European Union, this initiative counts several implementing partners. In the Republic of Mauritius, E€OFISH is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping.
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