Rabat – “The issues pertaining to the environment and to sustainable development are among the major challenges the world is facing today,” King Mohammed VI wrote in an address to the participants in the 8th Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers.
The Minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laaraj, read out the King’s statement at the conference in Rabat.
“Many international studies point to an unprecedented depletion of natural resources, to a dramatic rise in pollution levels as well as to a major disruption of the global environmental balance,” the King’s statement continues.
“This situation has serious and alarming consequences for our planet today.”
The King noted that under-developed countries, in particular, are at risk.
Environmental problems and their adverse effects, the King continued, can only be solved by close cooperation between states. The King added that no country, regardless of its individual capacities or resources, can handle these matters single-handed.
The King praised the conference as an essential opportunity for attendees to advance their efforts in tackling these issues and to facilitate effective cooperation between countries.
The Sovereign also declared that Morocco “has been pursuing a proactive policy for the preservation of the environment.”
“Environmental preservation is mainstreamed in all development plans and sectoral development strategies. Enshrining the right to a safe environment in the Constitution was one more step that established Morocco’s resolute commitment to environmental conservation.”
The King praised his country’s involvement in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and its adoption of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development.
Under this strategy, Morocco aims to transition to a “green economy” by 2030.
However, successfully implementing the strategy requires the involvement of all stakeholders concerned, the King said. Morocco can achieve this by promoting a culture of environmental awareness and by incorporating environmental education into school curricula.
The King also underlined Morocco’s goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 42% under the National Energy Strategy. This strategy aims to increase the consumption of electricity generated from renewable energy sources.
Morocco is committed to establishing the Islamic Academy for the Environment and Sustainable Development, which ideally help determine solutions to environmental and sustainability issues. The academy will use Islamic culture as inspiration.
King Mohammed VI concluded the address by expressing his faith in the conference’s ability to have “a positive impact on the promotion of environmental and sustainable development issues in the Muslim world.”