United Nations Visit To Mauritius
On the 9th May a contingent of 13 members from the United Nations paid an official visit to Mauritius. This included Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. They were there to discuss how Small island developing States, such as Mauritius, magnify the issues of sustainable development due to their unique vulnerabilities. He added a call for extra attention to be paid to the experiences and needs of these nations. Adding that we will learn from your approaches to integrate the economic, environmental and social dimensions of development. And we will support you every step of the way. The Secretary-General also noted that Mauritius had demonstrated strong results towards achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), by expanding education, enhancing gender equality and reducing poverty and infant mortality. He highlighted that Mauritius has been at the forefront of promoting the ocean economy as a pillar of development, and is one of a few countries with a dedicated Ministry of Ocean Economy. As such, the Secretary-General said that he was honoured to work with Mauritius in the country’s efforts to translate the global agenda to the national level, through the adoption of ambitious policies and measures, as well as through critical monitoring and reporting mechanisms.
The United Nations visit to Mauritius is a bit of a coup for the country. They visited the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site, and Le Morne Cultural Landscape and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mr Ban Ki-moon will also be awarded a Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Mauritius. Mr Ban Ki-Moon was in Seychelles on 7th May and on Tuesday 10th May, travelled on to Madagascar.
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