- 31 October, 2017
: The country has embarked on a new wave of radical changes by identifying potential growth sectors, and strategies are being harnessed to develop a range of Mauritian industries to improve productivity. Government has a crucial responsibility to ensure that economic growth brings greater equity and sustainability for the country and actions in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will support Mauritius in this endeavour.
The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made this statement yesterday at the launching of a booklet entitled, The Mauritian Experience with SDGs, at Le Sirius, Labourdonnais Hotel in Port-Louis. The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Simon Springett, and several personalities were present.
He highlighted that the 2030 agenda encompasses social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development which aims at eradicating extreme poverty, fighting injustice and inequality whilst protecting the environment. It also encompasses universal respect for human rights, equality and non-discrimination for everyone in all segments of the society, he added.
On that score, Prime Minister Jugnauth underlined that the goals and targets of the 2030 agenda are an integral part of national priorities for Mauritius and have consequently been a perennial feature of past and present strategies to achieve economic prosperity and social development.
With a Human Development Index of 0.78 recorded in 2015, Mauritius is already among the high human development countries of the world, matching progress with social development, he emphasised. The vision of Government, underpinned Mr Jugnauth, is to provide impetus to jumpstart a new phase of high growth for sustainable development that will bring in shared prosperity and enhance quality of life, to ultimately transform the country into an inclusive, high- income economy by 2030.
The Prime Minister reiterated the need of having an effective partnership among development partners, in particular the United Nations, the civil society, and the private sector to implement Government policies of improving the lives of people, promoting inclusiveness in the economy and society, broadening opportunity for the youths, increasing female participation in the labour force, empowering women and bridging gender gaps.
For his part, Mr Simon Springett emphasised that agenda 2030 is a universal, transformative and unifying fundamental guide for all countries, all governments and everyone in all segments of the society. It calls for collective actions and encourages us to take the steps to shift the world to sustainable development, he added.
Mr Springett underscored the need for everyone to reinforce their collective understanding of the SDGs and the targets of the agenda so as to ensure collective actions.
The Mauritian Experience with SDGs
The publication, at the initiative of UN Mauritius, provides an overview of the journey that Mauritius has taken in the Post-2015 era. It delineates the trajectory of the country in its implementation of the SDGs across various sectors.
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