Mauritius is among the first fifteen countries to have signed and ratified the Paris Agreement adopted at the 21st Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change. The instrument of ratification was also deposited during the Ceremony for the Opening for Signature which was held on 22 April 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The above statement was made by the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms and Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management, Mr Alain Wong at a press conference this morning in Port Louis, in the presence of the French Ambassador, Mr Laurent Garnier, and the UN Resident Coordinator and UN Development Programme Resident Representative, Mr Simon Springett.
According to the Minister, the signing and ratification of the Paris Agreement, testifies Government’s will in tackling climate change issues and emphasises the commitment of Mauritius in support of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Moreover, he announced that the Climate Change Bill is almost finalised.
For his part, Ambassador Garnier expressed his appreciation with regards to how the Government has embarked on dealing with climate change issues. He recalled that out of the first fifteen countries who have signed and ratified the Paris Agreement last week, thirteen were SIDS. He also hoped that the measures to deal with climate change would be implemented before 2020.
As for Mr Springett, the signing of the Paris Agreement is a landmark achievement in the fight against climate change, adding that it is also a collective attempt to address the issue.