Marrakech - King Mohammed VI chaired the opening ceremony of the Summit of Heads of State and Government, on Tuesday in Marrakech, at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22).
Marrakech – King Mohammed VI chaired the opening ceremony of the Summit of Heads of State and Government, on Tuesday in Marrakech, at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22).
At the beginning of the ceremony, an institutional film entitled “A Sustainable Kingdom” was screened. It highlights Morocco’s efforts in terms of sustainable development, notably in the fields of tourism, fisheries, agriculture, management of water resources and renewable energies.
The ceremony was marked by a speech addressed by the Sovereign to the high-level segment of the COP22, in which he stated that this Conference constitutes a turning point in the process of the Paris Agreement.
“Humanity is looking forward to decisions which will help save the future of life on earth, and calling for tangible initiatives and practical steps to preserve the rights of coming generations,” the Sovereign said.
“The time has come to redress the situation. We have no alternative but to work to make up for lost time, through continued, comprehensive mobilization and positive harmonization, so that the coming generations may lead an enjoyable and dignified life together,” the King underlined.
Holding this conference in Africa “is an incentive for us to give priority to tackling the adverse repercussions of climate change, which are growing worse and worse in the countries of the South and in insular states whose very existence is in jeopardy,” he said.
The Sovereign noted that that during its tenure, Morocco shall “devote its efforts, as part of its presidency of the COP22, to unify education on environmental issues in order to preserve the future of mankind.”
For his part, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, called on the international community to translate into actions and effective policies the provisions of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, stressing the need to protect the planet, safeguard the most vulnerable and move towards shared prosperity.
In her speech, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, lauded the “unprecedented” leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, calling for a reflection on the means to speed up climate action.
Speaking on the same occasion, COP22 President, Salaheddine Mezouar, said that today is a historic day at all levels, adding that the remarkable presence of a great number of Heads of State, Government, Ministers and high-ranking officials reflects the general mobilization of all to tackle climate change.
“The entry into force of the Paris Agreement in less than a year from its adoption reflects the political will of the international community to tackle this global challenge of climate change,” said Mezouar.