HM the King Takes Part in Paris in One Planet Summit
HM King Mohammed VI, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, took part, Tuesday afternoon in Paris, in the One Planet Summit.
The Sovereign arrived in Île Seguin, which hosts the summit, on board a barge along with French President Emmanuel Macron and the heads of State and delegations attending the event.
The participation of HM King Mohammed VI, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, in the One Planet Summit and the sovereign's leadership for sustainable development in the African continent were highly applauded at the opening of this global event.
"We thank HM King Mohammed VI who proved, through his presence in this opening session, his commitment to the climate cause via the organization of the COP22, his leadership for sustainable development in the African continent and an ambitious program for renewable energy development," said the moderator of the opening session in the presence of French president Emmanuel Macron, UNSG Antonio Guterres, president of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim, British PM Théresa May, head of Spanish government Mariano Rajoy, former UNSG Kofi Annan and several heads of state and government.
HM the King shows just how the climate issue is universal and involves all countries north and south, said the moderator.
He also underlined that the presence of HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan is a strong signal of youth's involvement to defend the future of the planet.
At the beginning of the opening ceremony, which was marked by speeches given by the French president, the UNSG and the World Bank president, the heads of state and delegation screened a video on the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement (Dec. 12, 2015).
The royal participation in this crucial event, which seeks to unify global action on the climate issue, mirrors very clearly the special interest Morocco takes in this vital matter for humanity. It is shown in the multiple initiatives undertaken by HM the King in favour of Africa as the Triple A Initiative launched at the Marrakech COP22 and meant to adapt the African agriculture to face climate change.
Nationally, the summit offers Morocco the occasion to prove its commitment for the mobilization of all means, mainly financial ones, to contribute to international efforts to fight climate change. Morocco pledged to reach 52% of renewable energy-based electricity by 2030 and slash by 42% its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This goal requires a budget of 45 billion dollars.
In this regard, Morocco is the first beneficiary of the Green Fund for Climate which approved 21 Moroccan projects and 54 African ones.
The One Planet Summit, which is co-hosted by the United Nations and the World Bank, brings together actors of public and private finance in order to explore ways of innovating, supporting and accelerating the common fight against climate change.