Climate Commission for Sahel Commends Moroccan King’s “Pioneering” Role

The Heads of State and Government of the Sahel Climate Commission have commended the pioneering role of King Mohammed VI and his vision for a “strong and resilient” Africa.

In the final communiqué issued at the end of the first Summit Conference of the Climate Commission for the Sahel, held Monday in Niamey, Niger, the Heads of State and Government hailed “the pioneering role” played by King Mohammed VI and his vision for a strong and resilient Africa as well as the leadership and availability of Morocco, a founding partner of the three climate commissions in Africa.

Morocco “has always worked for ambitious South-South cooperation to guarantee the harmonious and sustainable development of Africa,” the communiqué added.

The Heads of State and Government also hailed the Sovereign’s initiative to prompt the creation of the three Climate Commissions in Africa and his commitment to ensure their operationalization.

These commissions that were set up at the African Summit of Action, held at the initiative of King Mohammed VI on the sidelines of the COP22, in November 2016 in Marrakech, are The Congo Basin Commission, chaired by Congo; The Sahel Region Commission, chaired by Niger; and The Island States Commission, chaired by Seychelles.

King Mohammed VI announced at the opening of the first Summit Conference of the Climate Commission for the Sahel that Morocco will finance the feasibility studies to finalize the Climate Investment Plan for the Sahel region.

The Sovereign underlined, in a message he addressed to the summit, the importance of the Climate Investment Plan for the Sahel region and its Priority Regional Program, which will complete the vital projects underway, that were announced on the sidelines of the COP22.

The Climate Commission for the Sahel Region can count on the Climate Change Competence Center of Morocco (4C Maroc), particularly in terms of capacity building for its members, the monarch pointed out in his message.

The center, set up in 2014, is a national and continental platform of excellence for the development and dissemination of knowledge and best practices on climate change.

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