Statistics Mauritius organises workshop on SDGs Statistical Indicators
A one-day workshop on the development of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Statistical Indicators at the initiative of Statistics Mauritius in collaboration with the UNDP opened this morning at the Cyber Tower 1 in Ebène. The aim is to help in the drafting of an integrated document for the monitoring of the SDGs.
The workshop which is a first of its kind held in Mauritius since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development brings together under one room all data producers in the national statistical system to create awareness and also to discuss on proposed way forward to develop, collect and compile the statistical indicators required to monitor progress for the 17 SDGs.
In his address, the acting Director of Statistics, Mr D. Bahadoor, emphasised on the importance of the workshop which he said is crucial towards the achievement of these SDGs and 169 Targets which have been globally accepted last year at the UN Summit and for which statistical indicators have a key role in monitoring the progress of these SDGs.
According to him, Statistics is the chosen instrument to set the base for monitoring the implementation of these goals at National, Regional, Continental and International levels for which the right policies and strategies should be developed for achieving the set Goals and Targets.
For his part, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Mauritius, Mr Emmanuel Bor, underscored the high importance that the UN attaches to the SDGs, but also to the monitoring and reporting of them by Member States. He recalled the visit of the UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon in Mauritius earlier this month whereby the UN Secretary General lauded Mauritius’ action in signing and ratifying the Paris agreement on climate change, which he said is a clear example that Mauritius is moving from aspirations to action – from intentions to implementation.
Mr Emmanuel Bor reiterated the UN Secretary General’s commitment of the United Nations to fully support Mauritius in its development path as well as in the adoption of “critical monitoring and reporting mechanisms”. He concluded by stating that the SDGs form the bedrock of a new development agenda that can set the world on a course of action to end poverty, transform lives and protect the planet.