The United Nations Museum is receiving a new piece of Moroccan handicraft from the Marrakech migration conference.
Rabat – Morocco’s permanent representative to the UN, Omar Hilale, visited UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York on Wednesday to give him the official gavel from the Marrakech conference on migration.
Hilale said the gavel is a “pure Moroccan handicraft product,” the state-owned Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) wrote. The gavel was made specifically for the Marrakech Conference, to bring “a traditional touch of our country” to the international meeting. The gavel will stay in the United Nations Museum.
“This is the gavel that was used throughout the historic Conference that adopted the Marrakech Compact on Migration,” said Ambassador Hilale. The conference, attended by more than 100 countries, adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on December 10.
Morocco’s foreign minister Nasser Bourita said at the conference, “Morocco played an active role in the writing of the compact. Its ideas, its philosophy; Morocco’s logic is already integrated into the compact. It’s not a legal document that we have to translate into our legal texts.”
Hilale gave the gavel to Guterres to add it to the UN archives as a souvenir of the Compact on Migration.
Guterres thanked Morocco for the historic gift, MAP said, and congratulated Morocco for successfully hosting the international event.
Guterres also asked Hilale to thank King Mohammed VI for his warm welcome and for receiving Guterres during his visit to Morocco.
The special representative of the Secretary-General for international migration, Louise Arbour, also attended Hilale’s meeting with Guterres.