The city of Laâyoune hosts, from February 26 to 28, the 3rd edition of the Morocco-Pacific Island States Forum, under the sign of the consolidation of ties of cooperation, the implementation of commitments made in this sense, the unifying voices and promoting shared prosperity.
The choice of the capital of the Moroccan Sahara to host this flagship diplomatic event carries with it a very strong symbolic charge in this particular and highly significant conjuncture marked by the opening of consular representations of several African countries in Laâyoune as well as in Dakhla.
In addition to this diplomatic vocation, the southern provinces of the Kingdom have become an important commercial crossroads and a pole of regional economic development at the service of the populations, but also of the African continent and South-South cooperation, in accordance with the High Directions of King Mohammed VI.
Indeed, the presence of representatives of the Pacific island states on Moroccan soil indicates a very strong conviction in the role of the Kingdom as a convincing, serious and credible model of South-South cooperation.
The Laâyoune Forum therefore provides the ideal framework for initiating a deep reflection on the challenges linked to climate change, the promotion of renewable energies and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which constitute both for Morocco and for these countries are major axes of their national priorities.
The Kingdom, under the leadership of the King, is the megaphone of a planetary climate surge, and has never ceased to call to unite in the face of the challenges of climate change, which is at the heart of the national concerns of Pacific island states.
During the COP22 held in Marrakech in 2016, the Kingdom spared no effort to make the voices of the countries most vulnerable to climate change heard, at the forefront of which are the countries of the African continent and the Pacific island states.
This 3rd edition is also intended to materialize the ideals and values that underpin South-South cooperation federating synergies between the Kingdom and the Pacific Island States within the framework of win-win economic and commercial cooperation partnerships.
The Laâyoune Forum also constitutes an opportunity to deepen, against the backdrop of the consolidation of political dialogue, multidimensional cooperation between Morocco and the Pacific Island States, within the framework of a united and innovative approach, particularly in the areas of education, the environment, responsible tourism and concerned with the preservation of ecosystems, transport and sustainable development.
It must be noted that the Kingdom and the Pacific Island States share the same points of view on matters of common interest and promote the search for peaceful solutions to settle conflicts through negotiation and dialogue.
It is in this context that the Pacific Island States support the efforts of the United Nations to find a negotiated and lasting political solution to the artificial conflict around the Moroccan Sahara and welcome the Moroccan autonomy plan in the southern provinces.
The southern provinces, engaged in a dynamic of all-round development, could serve as a model and multiplier platform for opportunities for cooperation with the Pacific Island States.