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                        OFFICE OF THE RESIDENT COORDINA TOR
                              MAURITIUS & SEYCHELLES

                                                                                    18 November 2008

  Press Release   - UN Country   Team Retreat in Mauritius. 17 & 18 November 2008

The UN agencies operating in Mauritius and Seychelles held on 17 and 18 November a UN Country
Team (UNCT) Retreat in Balaclava, Mauritius. The aims were:
   . To take stock of current and forthcoming activities in Mauritius and Seychelles
   . To harmonise the work of UN agencies for a more coordinated response to country needs
   . To align UN projects with national priorities so as to better serve Mauritius and Seychelles
   . To hold piscussions with the Indian Ocean Commission (lOC) in order to further strengthen
       regional UN-IOC partnerships in synergy with UN activities at national level and with
       national priorities

This event was attended by the representatives        of the following agencies for Mauritius &
Seychelles: United Nations Oevelopment Programme (UNOP), World Health Organisation (WHO),
United Nations Oevelopment          Fund for Women (UNIFEM), UNAIOS, Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO), United Nations Industrial Oevelopment Organisation (UNIOO), International
Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United
Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The UNCT retreat is particularly important as except
for UNDP and WHO, ail the agencies operating in Mauritius are based outside of the country.

The UNCT Retreat focused on two main themes: HIV and AIDS and "Maurice, Ile Durable" (MID).
Regarding MID, UN agencies believe that the emphasis on renewable energies (RE) within the MID
is a very good strategie choice which can be supported by the UN Systenf'.!ccording to the different
mandates of the UN agencies. Agencies also took note of the establishment of the MID Fund and of
the importance of going beyond the RE component and to add other pillars such as Education, as
stressed in the speech of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius at UNESCOon the 14th
October 2008 as weil as the Aide Memoire signed by the Director General of UNESCO and the Prime
Minister. ln this context, UN agencies during the retreat benefitted from a videoconference with
Professor Joel de Rosnay in Paris.

On the subject of HIV and AlOS, UN agencies identified         a number    of priorities.    Even if the
prevalence of HIV and AlOS is low in Mauritius   & Seychelles, there is high concentration    in specifie
sub-groups. The retreat therefore    looked at ways of supporting    Government    to implement      and
scale up evidence based and target specifie interventions   to address HIV and AIDS prevention       and
care comprehensively.   The UN System will support the review of the National Strategie Framework
in 2009.