By Madiha El Menasfi
Rabat – Saad Abid, ecologist and president of Associaton Bahri, has been invited by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to attend a high level meeting for Climate Week 2017 at the UN headquarters In New York City.
The meeting will bring together 40 global climate leaders to discuss strategies to realize the actions of the Paris Agreement.
Guterres will hosting the meeting, which will be attended by the former Moroccan Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment Hakima El Haite, and the businessman and former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg.
In addition to El Haite, Inia Seruiratu, the Minister of Agriculture, Rural and Marine Development and National Disaster Management in Fidji, and Patricia Espinosa the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), invited Abid to help establish the founders group of the climate action leadership network.
The group is a network of key decision-makers (ministers, mayors, scientists, and civil society leaders) that aim to deliver immediate climate action.
Abid is the only representative of Moroccan civil society on the group. He is expected to discuss the actions he has already carried out through his association, Bahri, as well as future actions to enhance environmental protection, especially coastal conservation, in Morocco.
The former champion of Morocco of surfing, Abid, launched Bahri in 2010, of which he is currently the president. He has collaborated in the launch of Moroccan “professional” rag pickers and has organized numerous beach cleaning operations, reaching more than 5,400 participants on the Ain Diab beach.
Climate Week NYC 2017 is taking place September 18 to 24 in New York City and is one of the key summits in the international calendar and has been driving climate action forward since it was first launched by the Climate Group in 2009.
This year, Climate Week NYC will celebrate the scale of global climate action and ways to ensure jobs and property for all.