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Monday 2 December 2019

COP25: Morocco Continues Climate Action as part of an 'Ambitious and Inclusive' Approach

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COP25: Morocco Continues Climate Action as part of an 'Ambitious and Inclusive' Approach

Morocco continues its climate action, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, as part of an "ambitious and united" approach, said Monday in Madrid Head of Government, Saad Dine El Otmani.

"The Kingdom of Morocco continues, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the development of its interventions and actions at the national, regional and international levels within the framework of an ambitious and a participatory approach", El Otmani pointed out at the 25th UN Climate Change Conference.

In this regard, Morocco has launched several strategies and programs to exceed the goal of reducing by 42% its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, he added.

Morocco also aims to increase the share of renewable energy in the national energy mix to 52% in 2030, he said, expressing the Kingdom's commitment to involving youth and civil society in the fight against climate changes through several initiatives.

Africa, the continent most unfairly exposed to the effects of climate change, is at the center of efforts to honor international commitments to the environment, he said.

El Otmani underlined the importance in this regard to provide greater support to African countries in this area.

Morocco has made efforts to activate the Congo Basin Climate and the Sahel region commissions, in addition to the initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) and Triple S (Sustainability, Stability and Security) initiative at the 1st Africa Action Summit held on the sidelines of the COP22 in Marrakech, he said.

These initiatives, which represent a multisectoral platform for investment, should be supported by international climate finance mechanisms, he stressed.

"Our collective efforts to establish a pro-active, just and sustainable approach to climate must guide us to raise our ambitions in the fight against climate change," he added.

"We must act with courage, ambition and determination to build a better future and a dignified life," El Otmani pointed out.

The 25th UN Climate Change Conference opened Monday in Madrid with the participation of 196 countries, including Morocco.

The Kingdom is represented at the conference by a large delegation led by Head of Government, Saad Dine El Otmani, and which includes Minister of Energy, Mining and Environment, Aziz Rebbah, Minister Delegate in charge of Moroccan Expatriates, Nezha El Ouafi, and Morocco's ambassador to Spain, Karima Benyaich.

The conference is designed to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. Following agreement on the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at COP 24 in Poland last year, a key objective is to complete several matters with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The conference furthermore serves to build ambition ahead of 2020, the year in which countries have committed to submit new and updated national climate action plans. Crucial climate action work will be taken forward in areas including finance, the transparency of climate action, forests and agriculture, technology, capacity building, loss and damage, indigenous peoples, cities, oceans and gender.

The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 (2 – 13 December 2019) takes place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and is held with logistical support from the Government of Spain.

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