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Saturday 18 November 2017

Moroccan People Celebrate Birthday of HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa

Moroccan People Celebrate Birthday of HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa

The Royal family and the Moroccan people celebrate, on Sunday, the birthday of HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, who is known for her strong commitment to environmental protection.

This anniversary is an opportunity to recall the tireless efforts made in this area by HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, chairwoman of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the protection of the environment, who has made climate action a top priority.

This year, this anniversary coincides with the end of the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 23), which was marked by the participation of Her Royal Highness.

On this occasion, HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa represented HM King Mohammed VI at the opening ceremony of the high-level segment of the COP23.

The opening ceremony was preceded by an informal meeting of heads of state and government chaired by UNSG Antonio Guterres, and attended by Her Royal Highness.

HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa co-chaired, in Bonn, with executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, the high-level session on Education Day, held under the theme "Global partnerships to combat climate change through education."

Speaking on this occasion, Her Royal Highness recalled the paramount importance of education for sustainable development, today essential lever to deeply change the behavior of citizens and face the challenges of global warming.

Within the framework of this high-level session, HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa chaired the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the executive secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Mohammed VI Foundation for the protection of the environment, which outlines the areas of cooperation between the two parties.

Since the beginning of the year 2017, Her Royal Highness undertook several environmental actions in a bid to boost environmental awareness.

On March 6th, HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa chaired, in Skhirat, the awarding ceremony of the "Lalla Hasnaa Sustainable Coast Trophies" in its second edition (2016).

During this ceremony, HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa awarded the Trophies to the winners of this second edition, which recognizes outstanding initiatives or projects contributing to the protection of the coastline and encouraging socially and environmentally responsible behavior.

Last September, HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, chairwoman of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environment Protection, and Coast Ambassador, a title awarded to Her Royal Highness by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), visited the "Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre".

On this occasion, HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa visited the Wet Lab Classroom and the room dedicated to providing training and awareness-raising workshops to children on environmental education and the protection of marine biodiversity.

Prior to that, Her Royal Highness took part, in Vancouver, as a guest of honour, in the opening ceremony of the 9th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC 2017).

On this occasion, HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa gave a speech, in which she recalled the active and unwavering commitment to the environment by Morocco, host country of COP22, and its support for most vulnerable countries to climate change, including African countries and small island states.

On October 27th, Her Royal Highness launched the second phase of the redevelopment works of the "Jardin d'Essais Botaniques" (botanical garden) of Rabat.

On October 25th, HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa chaired at the ISESCO headquarters in Rabat the opening session of the 7th Islamic Conference of Environment ministers, held under the theme “Towards an effective Islamic cooperation to achieve sustainable development goals”.

The opening session of the two-day event was marked by a royal message sent by HM King Mohammed VI to the participants, which was read out by HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa.

HRH Princess Lalla Hassna is chairwoman of several NGOs, including the Moroccan Association to fight myopathy, the Moroccan Association for assistance to ill children (AMAEM), the Al Ihsane Association, the National League of public and semi-public sector women civil servants and the Moroccan Society of archaeology and heritage (SMAP). 
MAP: 18/11/2017