COP21 : les jeunes face aux défis écologiques Press article published on L’Express newspaper – 26 Nov 2015
Young people in Mauritius simulating COP21
The Road to COP21 – Paris
Climate Change through Inclusion & Accountability
Saturday 21 November, 2015
Rationale of COP21
The 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“COP21”) will take place in Paris, France in December 2015. This international Conference will be of historic significance where countries will have to come up with a universal and binding agreement to limit climate change to 2°C above pre-industrial times.
- Understanding that renewing the interest and confidence of public opinion will be at stake at COP21 and citizens, civil society, local governments and companies will be called upon to contribute by putting forward solutions and commitments of their own, action 2015/Mauritius will be holding a simulation Conference on 21 November 2015 in Mauritius.
- Logistics will be provided by Halley Movement.
- Young people preparing and organising the simulation
- Produce an action plan
- Constitute different teams.
- Develop the ability to work in a group, with a variety of stakeholders and target audiences.
- The young participants will receive advice and guidance from experts in the field
- Participants will meet regularly at a timeslot jointly decided by them and the experts.
Youth Rally leading to International Youth Day Celebrations
Halley Movement, in the context of action/2015 Mauritius will be organising a rally comprising of youth on Saturday 1st August 2015 in order to mobilise and sensitise young people towards the celebrations of International Youth Day in Mauritius.
The rally will comprise young people who will travel to various regions of the country in order to discuss youth oriented topics. The topics that will be discussed are as follows:
- Youth Decision Making,
- Youth Finance, and
- Climate Change.
International Youth Day will be celebrated in the context of Action/2015 Mauritius on Sunday 16th August 2015.The Day will be devoted to a Youth Advocacy Forum with thousands of young people from all corners of Mauritius.
The future of your country is in your hands. The best will be to grab the opportunity and be aware of what is happening around you.
If you are interested in taking part in the Youth Rally please contact us at email@example.com
Global Day of Citizen Action 2015 Mauritius
Saturday 16 May 2015
In the context of the celebrations in favour of the Global Day of Citizen Action – 2015, Halley Movement organized a workshop at the seat of Halley Movement on Saturday 16th May 2015.
Halley Movement, a United Nations ECOSOC registered organisation, partnered with CIVICUS (www.civicus.org) to launch a Global Day of Citizen Action 2015 (GDCA) Workshop in Mauritius.
The workshop grouped NGO representatives from Halley Movement’s partner organisations and the launch Ceremony was done by H.E. Dr N Nokwe, High Commissioner of South Africa. H.E. Dr. N. Nokwe who spoke about the importance of citizen actions in the World and in particular in Mauritius which is to get people think about civic space, understand their rights, increase awareness about the importance of civic space and our needs to mobilise and engage.
Her launch address was preceded by a video projection showing civic space and action in the world.
During his welcome address the Secretary-General of Halley Movement pointed out that The Global Day of Citizen Action is a global event which took place on Saturday, 16th May where ordinary citizens told whether they feel free to speak out, organise and take action. By participating to the Day, everybody is helping to understand what’s happening in our country and this will help create awareness about the importance of `civic space’. He also added that civic space exists when individuals and organisations have the freedom to speak out, organise and take action. In other words, to freely express, associate and assemble like we are doing today.
Two breakout group sessions were organised after the launching ceremony and was composed of:
1. Breakout Group 1: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
2. Breakout Group 2: focussed on two aspects of Child Welfare:
a) Indiscipline and violence at schools, and
b) Child Safety on Internet.
Halley Movement & PAN-Mauritius Coalition will launch action/2015 Mauritius on 15 January 2015 at Port Louis, Mauritius.
The launch will be performed by the Honorable Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare.
National Campaign in Mauritius: Capacity building workshops.
Halley Movement & PAN-Mauritius Coalition have launched a capacity building programme to empower rural women and ‘Home Stay’ mothers to have access to ICT technologies for the usage of ‘Helpline Mauritius’: the online counselling service.
This campaign is a multi-stakeholder collaboration with Child marriage as the key issue. Helpline Mauritius: the online counselling service serves as a platform for the users to have access to answers for their queries.
Situation in Mauritius
LAW – CIVIL CODE: The Civil Code requires an individual to be 18 to marry
EXCEPTIONS: There is an exception for individuals who are 16 or more if they get parental consent.
Universal Periodic Review Report for Mauritius, UN Human Rights Council
Halley Movement through DCI–Mauritius has already submitted its report as one of the stakeholders to the Universal Periodic Review. The Universal Periodic Review for Mauritius will be held at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday 23 October.
A meeting was held in Mauritius with all stakeholders and was chaired by Foreign Affairs Minister. Halley Movement was invited to that meeting. A high level delegation led by the Hon. Minister will proceed to Geneva for the review.
Halley Movement’s report to the UPR has been based on the fact that DCI-Mauritius and its partner organisations advocate for children’s rights in Mauritius. DCI-Mauritius scrutinises the work of the different ministries and where appropriate makes statement in that respect. An online counselling service has been running since 2012 and Halley Movement has been working in the field of child protection since 1989. The online counselling service has allowed DCI-Mauritius to understand the behaviour of children and to register breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In the report submitted by DCI-Mauritius a variety of issues pertaining to children’s rights has been thoroughly dealt with and they include the following among others:
- Protocols and the UN CRC
- Progress/ changes since the last review
- Violations of the rights of the child
- Actors working with children and conformity to the dignity of the child
- Examples of good practices
- Recommendations to the government
View the “Universal Periodic Review Second Cycle – Mauritius – Reference Documents” – UN website
Today 15 May, the world celebrates the International Day of Families and this year’s theme is “Advancing social integration and intergenerational solidarity”.
This is an occasion to reflect and celebrate the importance of families, people, societies and cultures around the world.
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