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UN: Morocco calls for the creation of a development fund in Africa

To the common objectives, a common fund. On Wednesday, 25 September in New York, at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Morocco called, through the voice of its head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, to create a fund. The latter should be dedicated to supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa. This package needs “special attention” and “appropriate support,” said El Othmani in his address at the High Level Policy Forum for Sustainable Development.

Reiterating Morocco’s commitment to share its experiences and expertise in this area with sister African countries, the head of government said that the achievement of the SDGs remains closely linked to the involvement of all stakeholders. For Morocco, “a close and active solidarity” towards Africa, proves to be necessary to support vulnerable populations, but also “to open new perspectives and ensure the safety of the planet for future generations”.

Adopted in 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was “a historic step in the process of coordinating joint international efforts,” said El Othmani. And to clarify that the results in some countries “are still not up to the ambitions and aspirations”. This, for him, dictates the need to put in place “a new vision for the next decade to accelerate the implementation of this plan whose success should encompass all states.”

In Morocco, commitments to sustainable and sustained development have been deployed as part of a governance system. El Othmani recalled the creation of a national committee composed of the various stakeholders and chaired by the head of government, to ensure monitoring and coordination.

Of the 17 SDGs, Morocco has made some headway, “particularly with regard to reducing the number of maternal deaths, combating poverty, facilitating access to basic public services and improving conditions life of the population, in addition to the development of infrastructure and the strengthening of rights and freedoms,” he said.

To achieve this, Morocco has adopted the National Sustainable Development Strategy, the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH), the third phase of which was launched in 2018, and the Renewable Energy Program to reach 52% of the population. green energy production capacity by 2030. Added to this is the strategic vision of the 2015-2030 education and training reform, El Othmani said. And to emphasize that Morocco is now starting the renewal of the national development model with the objectives of promoting progress and development, investing in human capital and reducing social and spatial disparities.

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