COP25: Morocco Renews Commitment to Fight Climate Change

Morocco has reaffirmed its strong commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the implementation of several eco-friendly inclusive actions and projects.

The remarks were by Head of Moroccan Govt Saad Eddine El-Otmani in his address made Monday in Madrid at the 25th UN climate conference gathering world leaders and delegates from nearly 200 countries.

Under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, Morocco continues its sustainable and green actions at the national, regional and international levels, said Mr. El Othmani, noting that the North African Kingdom has launched several strategies and programs to exceed the goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by 42 of by 2030.

The country is also working to increase the share of renewable energy in the national energy mix to 52 pc in 2030, he added.

Regarding the situation in Africa, the minister said the continent is the most unfairly exposed to the effects of climate change, urging the international community to provide greater support to African countries so that they can counter negative impacts of climate change.

Morocco has made efforts to activate the Congo Basin Climate and the Sahel region commissions, in addition to the initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) and Triple S (Sustainability, Stability and Security) initiative at the 1st Africa Action Summit held on the sidelines of the COP22 in Marrakech, recalled Mr. El Othmani

These initiatives, which represent a platform for investment, should be supported by international climate finance mechanisms, stressed the Head of Moroccan Govt.

The challenge of COP25 is to work out an agreement over a global carbon offset market and to convince signatories to the Paris pact to submit bolder climate goals in 2020.

According to experts, the world is now 1.1 degrees warmer than it was at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, a change that has already had a profound effect on the planet and people’s lives.

A new report released on Monday by Oxfam says that one person is forced out of their home every two seconds as a result of climate change.

COP25 was initially planned to be hosted by Brazil. But the country dropped out under the then-newly elected president Jair Bolsonaro late last year, so the meeting moved to Chile. When violent anti-government protests erupted in Chile in October, the meeting was moved again to the Spanish capital.

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