King Mohammed VI has addressed a message the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
By Trista Youssef
Rabat – Morocco continues to be an international leader in climate change and has shown its commitment to sustainable development by adopting environmental policies and successfully implementing them in recent years.
Under King Mohammed VI, Morocco has implemented a national policy for environmental protection to combat the effects of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 32 percent by 2030.
Morocco has launched a series of initiatives aiming to promote a green economy, including the adoption of the National Environment Charter and Efficiency Strategy, as well as the liberalization of the renewable energy sector.
The country remains an active member of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, hosting the organization’s 24th conference in Marrakech.
King Mohammed VI’s royal message was delivered Monday to the COP24 in Katowice, Poland, by Prince Moulay Rachid.
The message reiterated Morocco’s support for the African continent in efforts toward environmental protection, saying that “Driven by its commitment to African causes, the Kingdom of Morocco continues to support the implementation process of the three Climate Commissions, resulting from the Summit of African Heads of State and Government, held in the margins of COP 22: on the Congo Basin, the Sahel Region, and the island states.”
The King criticized the international community for its lack of support offered to African states regarding climate change: “The African continent is hit hard by the negative impacts of climate change, even though it is not responsible for this unfair situation…Africa is not supported by partners and international donors.”