Mauritius commemorates Commonwealth Day

Mauritius Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, whose county celebrated Commonwealth Day today. Photo: African Media

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – This year marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth in Mauritius.

The country commemorated this day under the theme, ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, in Port Louise today. The event was aimed at providing an update and share achievements of the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub (CFAH).

It was organised by CFAH in collaboration with the British High Commission. CFAH was established in the country in 2016 to help unlock climate finance for urgent adaptation and mitigation actions in small States and least developed countries that are climatically vulnerable.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade and Chair of the CFAH Steering Committee, Jaganathan Rangan, said there were challenges posed by climate change.

“It is crucial for each and every one to meaningfully bring in their contribution to address this alarming issue,” he said, expressing gratitude to the Australian and British governments for their contributions and commitments towards the Hub.

British High Commissioner to Mauritius, Keith Allan, said it was important to evaluate progress made by CFAH as it endeavours to support countries in mobilising finance for their actions on climate change.

CFAH has provided technical assistance and capacity building support services to climatically vulnerable countries through the deployment of National Climate Finance Advisers.

It has extended assistance to nine countries in African, Caribbean and Pacific regions. A total of 31 climate change projects are already in the pipeline in beneficiary countries.

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