The Bureau of the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Economic Development and Planning held, Monday at the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, its second meeting under the chairmanship of Morocco.
This 2nd session of the Bureau was devoted to examining the work program of the next Conference and the conclusions of the Seychelles Retreat on climate change which had gathered last December some 44 delegations from ECA member states.
Ambassador Permanent Representative of the Kingdom to the African Union and ECA, Mohammed Arrouchi, who chaired this meeting stressed the importance of the conclusions and recommendations of the Seychelles Retreat, in particular the operationalization of the third Climate Commission Island States, created on the initiative of King Mohammed VI, may God assist him.
The Moroccan diplomat notably highlighted the important role that this Commission will play in Africa’s resilience to the challenges of climate change.
As a reminder, three commissions dedicated to the Sahel region (chaired by the Republic of Niger), the Congo Basin region (chaired by the Republic of Congo) and the island states (chaired by the Republic of Seychelles), were adopted at the Climate Summit for Action in Marrakech in 2016.
The annual retreat of African ambassadors to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), it is recalled, had called for the operationalization of the third Climate Commission for island states like the two other Commissions dedicated to the Sahel region and the Congo Basin region.
The Moroccan diplomat had emphasized during this retreat the support provided by the Kingdom to these Commissions, as well as his expertise through the 4C center in order to assist the Member States to face the harmful effects of climate change.
Morocco, which is showing leadership on the theme of climate change on the African continent and at the level of the United Nations, has actively worked both at the level of the UNECA and the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union on this topic.