Istanbul – Morocco, which makes humanitarian work one of "the pillars of the Kingdom's foreign policy", calls for greater “efficiency and transparency” in this action to avoid humanitarian aid diversion or exploitation, King Mohammed VI said.
Istanbul – Morocco, which makes humanitarian work one of “the pillars of the Kingdom’s foreign policy”, calls for greater “efficiency and transparency” in this action to avoid humanitarian aid diversion or exploitation, King Mohammed VI said.
In a message addressed to participants at the First World Humanitarian Summit, held on May 23-24 in Istanbul, the Moroccan monarch underlined that since his accession to the throne, he has keenly sought “to make humanitarian work one of the pillars of the Kingdom’s foreign policy.”
“Whenever the need arose, Morocco was one of the first countries to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters or armed conflicts, giving food, medicines and tents, and also deploying multi-specialty field hospitals, as was the case in Palestine, Tunisia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to alleviate the suffering of our Syrian and Libyan brothers and sisters,” the King said.
“The Kingdom’s contributions in the humanitarian field are not limited to emergency aid. In fact, our action in this area is part of a broader approach whereby we seek to alleviate the suffering of vulnerable groups through projects for sustainable development, particularly in sub-Saharan African countries,” he stressed.
To tackle the suffering and tragedies resulting from an alarming increase in the number of refugees and displaced persons in the world fleeing the scourge of war and the dangers caused by natural disasters, as well as the adverse impacts of climate change or appalling economic conditions in their countries, King Mohammed VI noted that “attention today should primarily be given to measures that are practical, using a rational approach and adopting proactive, forward-looking proposals that can help promote humanitarian action, without exploitation for political purposes.”
He called, in this regard, for “greater efficiency and transparency in the area of humanitarian action, together with verifiable accountability and specific monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. The aim is to make sure refugees – and no one else – benefit from humanitarian aid and to ensure that the aid delivered is not diverted or used for purposes that are damaging to humanitarian action”.
“Access to humanitarian aid should also be safe and unhindered, in accordance with such longstanding principles of humanitarian action as neutrality, integrity and independence,” the Moroccan King said, stressing that “humanitarian actors, including medical teams, should also be protected so that the mechanisms of humanitarian action may be consolidated.”