The High Commission for Planning has established a new partnership agreement to support and monitor the Sustainable Development Goals in Morocco.
Rabat – The Moroccan high commissioner for planning (HCP), Ahmed Lahlimi Alami, the deputy resident representative at the UN Development Assistance Framework, Martine Therer, and 10 UN agencies in Morocco signed an agreement in the framework of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)on Tuesday.
During a ceremony today at the HCP headquarters in Rabat, the two officials discussed the agreement which is also part of the UNDAF 2017-2021 framework.
The agreement will facilitate the tracking of and reporting of SGD progress in the country to better “inform the policymaker and the public on the progress” of sustainable development in their country.
The agreement is valid for three years and will focus on the following objectives: “The use of performance and statistical data of the Sustainable Development Goals program, the preparation of periodic reports concerning the progress of these goals on national and regional levels, with the help of consultation mechanisms put by the program and through south-south cooperation networks.”
The new agreement followed the 2012-2016 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which HCP, UNDP, and other UN agencies signed in 2012.
The 2012 agreement paved the way for the regular reporting on the achievements of the SDGs implementation in Morocco nationally and regionally.
UNDAF seeks to provide “political support for global efforts to end poverty, reduce inequalities and take action to mitigate climate change to ensure prosperity for all.”
Morocco has made advances in a significant number of SDGs, according to a report by the Economic Commission for Africa released in November.
The report, however, entailed that youth employment, climate change, food security, and industrial transition were some of the complex challenges that Morocco still needs to address.