UN: Morocco Calls for Creating Fund to Support SDGs Implementation in Africa
Morocco, a staunch advocate of Africa’s socio-economic development, has called, Wednesday in New York, for the setting up of a fund to support the implementation of sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the continent.
The call was launched by Head of the Moroccan government, Saâd Dine El Otmani, at the high-level political forum on sustainable development, held within the framework of the 74th session of the General Assembly.
El Otmani stressed the need to give African countries special attention and appropriate support and underlined Morocco’s commitment to sharing its experiences and expertise in this field with the countries of the continent.
Achieving the SDGs depends on the commitment of all actors, based on close and active solidarity, to create hope among vulnerable populations for new opportunities and to ensure global security for future generations, he said.
El othmani, who described the adoption in 2015 of the 2013 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a historic step in the process of coordinating joint international efforts, stressed that the results achieved in some countries, particularly in Africa, still did not match ambitions and aspirations.
In this regard, he called for the establishment of a new vision for the next decade to accelerate the implementation of this plan, with the inclusion of all States.
El Othmani surveyed the major reforms implemented by the Kingdom, noting that Morocco has made significant progress in all 17 goals, notably reducing the number of maternal deaths, combating poverty, facilitating access to basic public services and improving the living conditions of the population, in addition to developing infrastructure and strengthening rights and freedoms.
He also mentioned the progress scored thanks to the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, the National Initiative for Human Development, and the Renewable Energy Program, aimed at achieving 52% of green energy production capacity by 2030, as well as the strategic vision for education and training reform 2015-2030.
And in order to give greater impetus to this development process, King Mohammed VI launched the project to renew the national development model, with the objective of promoting progress and development, investing in human capital and reducing social and spatial disparities, the head of the Moroccan Government recalled.