Mr Speaker at the 144th IPU Assembly in Nusa Dua, Indonesia - theme:
Getting to Zero: Mobilising parliaments to act on climate change - 20 to 24 March 2022.
On behalf of the Members of the National Assembly and in my own name, I convey to you the
warm greetings of the people of Mauritius.
Climate change remains one of the most critical global challenges of our times. The
outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the global socio-economic outlook of Small
Island Developing State, confronting them with yet more complex development challenges.
We should also not be oblivious to the fact that the greenhouse gas emissions from human
activities that drive climate change, continue unabated in spite of numerous commitments
taken by individual states in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement 2015 and
the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
Although, progress towards sustainable development is particularly challenging for small
islands, yet, I am glad to place on record that Mauritius remains committed to protect
the planet from degradation, through sustainable consumption and production and by
sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent actions on climate change
to enable it to support the needs of the present and the future generations.
Concrete efforts have been made by Mauritius to mitigate Greenhouse Gas emission by
integrating climate change issues into new development strategies. There has been strong
political will to further enhance the existing policies so as to develop resilience to
the adverse impacts of climate change and to ensure the achievement of sustainable
development goals whilst integrating climate change in new development strategies.
Climate change remains a high-priority issue on government’s agenda and Mauritius is
determined to fulfil its obligations under climate-related multilateral agreements.
Mauritius spent some $ 150 million USD in support of its climate agenda in the past few
Mauritius aims to create a green energy industry as an important economic pillar and
promote an eco-friendly human development.
The theme of the debate - Getting to Zero: Mobilizing parliaments to act on
change, calls for prompt and compelling actions from all stakeholders in both mitigation
and adaptation to climate change.
I can assure you and this Assembly that the Mauritian Parliamentarians play an active
role in holding the government to account on its commitments taken at international and
regional levels, including those made through the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda
for the adoption of legislation and the mitigation and adaptation measures envisaged and
being taken by the government to tackle the climate change issues as a matter of
The frequency of climate change being the subject matter of Parliamentary Questions,
interpellations at adjournment time and queries during the Committee of Supply over the
budgetary allocations and the tenor of the debates on climate related issues bears ample
testimony to the vigorous role exercised by Members of Parliament in Mauritius on
environment and climate change matters.
Moreover, pursuant to the Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency (MARENA) Act, enacted in 2015
to create an agency to promote renewable energy, I appointed two Members of the Assembly
to sit on the Board thereof to ensure that parliamentarians have their say in the
promotion of renewable energy.
Furthermore, in 2015, the Environment Protection (Banning of Plastic Bags) Regulations
were prescribed and since then, these regulations have been consolidated with the
objective of reaching a complete ban on the utilization of all types of
non-biodegradable bags in the future, including the banning of single use plastic
In November 2020, the Mauritian Parliament has enacted the Climate Change Act to
consolidate the legal framework and mechanism towards making Mauritius climate change
resilient and achieving a low emission economy in line with Sustainable Development
Goals and the overarching Government objective of developing a greener economy. This
piece of legislation also serves to enhance the resilience of Mauritius against adverse
impact of climate change and also complement other legislations related to climate
change, thereby bringing our contribution for the sustainability of the planet.
Mauritian Parliamentarians are very active in ensuring government accountability and
effectiveness whilst at the same time providing a vital knowledge link with
constituents, both aspects being important in ensuring a country's response and
resilience to climate change.
You may wish to note that in December last, the Parliament of Mauritius has been called
upon to debate on a Private Member’s Motion inviting the Assembly to resolve that
Government should continue its efforts to encourage the use of electric vehicles in
Since 2013, the National Assembly of Mauritius embarked on a challenging and ambitious
project towards achieving a paperless Parliament. To that effect, Members of Parliament
are provided with a Digital Tablet through which they have access to a secured digital
platform for their parliamentary documents. Moreover, a Parliamentary Electronic
Document Management System is being worked out with a view to creating an automated
parliamentary workflow enabling stakeholders to share their documents on a common
platform, thereby reducing the use of papers and to do away with the traditional mode of
Over the last two centuries or so, we have comprehensively demonstrated that we can
change the climate – and we have changed it for the worse by doing the wrong things, a
message so forcefully conveyed to us with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now
it’s time to show we can change it for the better by doing the right things and this
challenge is going to require the efforts of all of us. There is need for coherence
across Nationally Determined Contributions at national, regional and global levels.
To conclude, allow me to quote the UN Secretary General who in September 2019, stated and
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So, Mr President, let us pledge today that we will leave no stone unturned in mobilizing
parliaments to effectively discharge their parliamentary missions as part of their
contribution in tackling this planetary emergency.
I thank you.