This section presents statistics on MDGs/SDGs. The data is compiled mainly from sources such as household surveys (e.g. labour, poverty statistics), administrative data (e.g. health, education and environment statistics) and housing and population census (e.g. safe drinking water, access to electricity).
Transition from MDGs to SDGs
1. In 2000, Mauritius together with 188 other UN member states, signed the Millennium Declaration setting out the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce extreme poverty in its many dimensions -income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion- while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability by the target date of 2015.
The eight Goals were:
Goal 1 – Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Goal 2 – Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3 – Promote gender equity and empower women
Goal 4 – Reduce child mortality
Goal 5 – Improve maternal health
Goal 6 – Combat HIV/ AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Goal 7 – Ensure environmental sustainability
Goal 8 – Develop a global partnership for development
3. The 2030 Agenda is a plan for achieving a better future for all – laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet.
4. Mauritius, together with 193-Member States, adopted the Agenda which comprises a set of 17 Goals and 169 Targets to be reached by 2030 - clearly define the world we want – apply to all nations and leaving no one behind.
5. The SDGs have a more ambitious agenda, seeking to eliminate rather than reduce poverty, and include more demanding targets on health, education and gender equality. The agenda also includes issues that were not in the MDGs such as climate change, sustainable consumption, innovation and the importance of peace and justice for all.
6. Like the MDGs, all Member States took the commitment to report to UN the progress made towards the 229 SDG indicators that were officially launched in 2016. SM, as provider of official statistics, once again, is leading the development of indicators.
7. SM has already initiated steps to develop the indicators; among others, a Committee on SDGs has already been set up under the aegis of the Statistics Board to develop SDG indicators. The Committee is chaired by SM and comprises representatives from various organisations.
8.SM, in collaboration with national data producers, has constructed a first Sustainable Development Goals database for the Republic of Mauritius.
9. As at March 2017, the database comprises data on around 130 (60%) indicators out of 216 total indicators that are relevant to the Mauritian context. Data are presented as from 2010 to enable trend analysis prior to 2016
Note: The baseline year for the monitoring of the SDG framework is 2016.
10. The database will be updated regularly and subjected to refinements as methods and data availability improve.
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