MDGs – Minister Boolell calls for full Participation of all stakeholders
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a survey on the experience on the MDGs and UN post 2015 Development Agenda, were issues on which the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Arvin Boolell, elaborated recently during a press. The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Mauritius, Mr Simon Springett, was also present.
The Minister said that it is crucial to enlist the support of members of the press to sensitise the public at large on the merits of the MDGs. The approach is a wide participatory one with inclusiveness and total commitment, he stressed.
Mauritius, said Dr Boolell, has honoured its commitment and fulfilled to a large extent the MDGs clearly defined by the United Nations (UN) as adopted in the Millennium Declaration. He also gave an overview of the Millennium Declaration which was adopted in the year 2000 by all the 189 Member States of the UN General Assembly. It was fair to say that this Declaration was a visionary document which reiterated the shared values of solidarity, equality, dignity and respect for NATO as well as driving motivation for world leaders, observed the Minister.
When we have a Declaration, said Dr Boolell, we have to make sure that there is implementation, and, hence the relevance of the roadmap setting out eight time-bound measurable goals to be reached by 2015 known as the MDGs. These goals are: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; Achieve universal primary education; Promote gender equality and empower women; Reduce child mortality; Improve maternal health; Combat HIV / AIDs, malaria and other diseases; Ensure environmental sustainability; Develop a global partnership for development.
As regards the UN post 2015 Development Agenda, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade which is the national coordination body, is currently carrying out a survey to garner inputs and ideas on what will be included in the said Agenda. This survey can be filled on the following Survey Link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P85Z2FC
According to Minister Boolell, conducting the survey is important because we want facts and we need to widen the circle of opportunities. ‘Collecting data is crucial as we will have to make sure that the analytical base is provided to enable us build a shared global vision on the future we want with clear recommendations for Government, civil societies and broad stakeholders. We have reached a state where we also need a reassessment and hence the relevance of this survey,’ said the Minister.
Post 2015 Development Agenda
It is recalled that during the September 2010 MDG Summit, UN Member States initiated steps towards advancing the development agenda beyond 2015 and are now leading a process of open, inclusive consultations on the post 2015 Development Agenda.
In 2012, the UN Secretary General has 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 will be to stimulate discussions amongst national stakeholders.
Source: Government of Mauritius
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