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El Othmani’s speech at COP 25

Morocco continues its actions in favor of the climate, under the leadership of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, within the framework of an approach “ambitious and solidary”, emphasized on Monday in Madrid, the head of the government, Saad Eddine El Othmani.

“The Kingdom of Morocco continues, under the leadership and personal involvement 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 united approach”, said El Othmani at the COP25 Summit of Heads of State and Government.

In this context, Morocco has launched several strategies and programs to exceed the goal of reducing by 42% its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, said the head of government at this meeting of high level presided by the head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, and the president of the COP25, the Chilean Minister of the Environment, Carolina Schmidt.

Morocco also aims to increase its electricity generation capacity from renewable energies to 52% in 2030, he said, expressing the Kingdom’s commitment to work for more youth involvement and civil society in the fight for the climate cause through several initiatives.

Meanwhile, El Othmani said 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, calling for greater support for the environment of African countries in their efforts in this area.

In this regard, Morocco has worked to activate the Congo Basin Climate Commissions and for the Sahel region, as well as Triple A (Adaptation of African Agriculture) and Triple S (Sustainability, Stability and Security) initiatives during the 1st Africa Summit of Action held on the sidelines of COP22 in Marrakech, continued the Moroccan leader.

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

“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,” said El Othmani, saying he is convinced that this COP will give a new perspective of impetus to the momentum triggered by the UN Climate Summit held last September.

“We must act with courage, ambition and determination to build a better future and a dignified life. We are in time to act and avoid the worst,” concluded El Othmani.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) is being held from December 2 to 13 with the participation of representatives from 196 countries, including Morocco, to take steps that will be crucial for the further UN process.

The Kingdom is represented at this event by an important delegation led by the Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani, and composed of the Minister of Energy, Mines and Environment, Aziz Rebbah, the Minister Delegate in charge of Moroccans residing abroad, Nezha El Ouafi, and Morocco’s ambassador to Spain, Karima Benyaich.

The climate summit will mobilize around 50 world leaders, heads of state and government, presidents of the European Union (EU) institutions and senior representatives of international institutions, such as the OECD and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to discuss ways to address the challenges of climate change.

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