Morocco was unanimously elected to host the 10th International Conference of UNESCO Global Geoparks, by the Council of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) to be held from September 5 to 10, 2023, in Marrakech, we learn from the permanent delegation of the Kingdom of Morocco to UNESCO. The GGN council proceeded with the election of Morocco after carefully evaluating the files of the other three candidate countries, namely, France, Brazil and Mexico.
The first of its kind in the African and Arab region, the organization of this event in Morocco is in line with the joint initiative of UNESCO and GGN to promote the concept of geopark in Africa and the Arab world.
It constitutes, for Morocco, an opportunity to highlight the exceptional geological and tourist wealth of the M’Goun site, the first Arab and African site to join the Global Geoparks Network in 2014, and will make it possible to internationalize the expertise of the Kingdom in the field of protection and enhancement of the natural and cultural heritage of the Geopark.
The election of Morocco also illustrates UNESCO’s recognition of the pioneering role of Morocco as president, since 2019, of the African Network of Geoparks of the UN organization (AUGGN), in the expansion of the network of geoparks in the Arab region and African region as well as in the implementation of the objectives of the International Geosciences and Geoparks Program (IGGP).
UNESCO’s Global Geoparks are unique and unified geographic areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development involving local communities.