King Mohammed VI’s address showed concern for the impact of climate change on the Sahel ecosystem and young people.
By mohammed Amine Benabou
Rabat – On behalf of King Mohammed VI, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita has delivered a royal address to the Climate Commission of the Sahel region.
The conference, which began its work today, is meeting in Niamey, Niger.
The King stressed Morocco’s commitment to oversee feasibility studies for investment plans with regard to climate of the Sahel region. The King also expressed concern over climate conditions in the Sahel.
“This region, which is a bridge between north and south African regions, is now undergoing severe climate change from which results adverse effects on the environment.”
King Mohammed VI emphasized the importance of launching a climate investment plan and a priority program for the region, “whose implementation is underway.”
He stated that one of “the important challenges we are faced with is tackling this environmental issue effectively, while setting clear objectives pertaining to socio-economic development and meeting security measures.”
The King considered achieving “climate equality is, for African people, a battle for bettering their living conditions, ensuring a dignified life and a promising future.”
He also put forward that climate equality should not be a “hollow slogan” but a “prerequisite for us all” in help youth avoid distress and not “fall prey to crime and terrorist organizations.”
The King also highlighted the efforts from the launch of the COP 22 summit in Marrakech in 2016, which was a “strong political signal” and an initiative which set the stage for dynamic transnational ambitions thanks to the joint efforts of the Congo Basin Commission, the Sahel Region Commission, and the Island States Commission.
He also suggested the possibility of the Sahel region becoming a model of regional integrity at the economic, environmental, political, and human levels.
Similarly, the King stressed that the efforts stakeholders exert to combat the detrimental effects of climate change should transcend national borders.
He concluded that “our responsibility for the African youth is to exhaust all the possibilities to fulfil their aspirations and put this continent on the right track.”
“The future of Africa lies in our ability to devise new joint solutions with mutual commitment that is accommodating [the] interests of all parties concerned, be they in the north or south.”