GIS – September 25, 2013: A high-level meeting of the African Union (AU) which was held on 23 September 2013 in New York, in the context of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, has retained the recommendations made by Mauritius with regard to the elaboration of a roadmap for the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda for Africa.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Arvin Boolell, presented the recommendations at the AU meeting which was chaired by the President of Liberia, Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Mauritius is one among ten countries designated by the AU to prepare the work document as well as to represent the African continent’s common stance in New York. Mauritius’ recommendations will serve as template for African countries when they will embark on their respective post-2015 UN Development Agenda.
Mauritius underscored the necessity for Africa to engage in sustainable development while at the same time highlighting the role and contribution of young people, women and senior citizens. As such the potential of agricultural in the development of Africa is enormous given that 60% of arable lands on the continent have not yet been exploited. The contribution of African women in agriculture would ensure value-added benefits to the sector.
Furthermore, Mauritius stressed on the promotion and the protection of human rights, which is a crucial condition to ensure Africa’s sustainable development.
The recommendations also focus on the mobilisation of resources so as to finance development in Africa, particularly in a context where funds traditionally contributed by certain countries are no longer available. Mauritius has, on that score, proposed that the African Development Bank explores new avenues to finance development projects.
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