Morocco’s secretary of state signed the Brussels Declaration to combat climate change.
By Mohammed Amine Benabou
Rabat – The Moroccan secretary of state for sustainable development, Nezha El Ouafi, has signed the Brussels Declaration on climate change while representing Morocco at a conference in the Belgian capital.
El Ouafi signed the declaration on behalf of Morocco yesterday.
In the face of global climate change, many countries took it upon themselves to sign the declaration to affirm their commitment to combating the issue.
The declaration stresses the importance of each country showing its determination to combat climate change.
The high-level Conference on Climate Change and Oceans Preservation was officiated by Marie Christine Marghem, Belgian federal minister of energy, environment, and sustainable development.
Morocco has made efforts over the years to preserve marine life, fight climate change, and develop renewable energy, factors the declaration highlighted.
At the event, Nezha El Ouafi stressed Morocco’s “voluntarist policy” regarding its integration of renewable energies into its “national energy mix.”
She argued that “the policies Morocco has so far implemented, thanks to the farsightedness of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, reflects its irreversible and strategic choice ensuring a close link between renewable energy and economic and social development of Morocco.”
The conference offered participants an occasion to take a stance on the marine environment and reiterate their commitment to limit the adverse impact of global warming on the oceans.
According to Belgium’s the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, the declaration aims to call on all interested parties to “develop, adopt and implement the necessary visions, policy plans and strategies regarding cost-effective renewable ocean energy and marine spatial planning, safeguarding the biodiversity, resilience, connectivity and services of marine ecosystems.”
Also attending the conference were Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and Prince Albert II of Monaco as well as a number of government representatives from other countries.
The Climate Change Performance Index for 2019 ranked Morocco ranked as the second-best performing country following Sweden, which scored the highest rank.
Morocco improved its climate change policy significantly as shown in the index, with a considerable increase in renewable energy capacity and with low greenhouse gas emission levels and energy use.
Despite delays in implementing national policies, Morocco could be a “policy frontrunner” internationally with its long-term strategy for 2050, according to the CCPI.